Man Utd centre-backs rated as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes answers in problem position

Manchester United’s centre-backs have had a nightmare this season, whether it is a series of mistakes or simply not getting any game-time.

It has become a hugely problematic area for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who now has no choice but to stick with what he has got.

Last season, United looked resolute at the back – conceding 36 – the third-best in the Premier League.

But whatever they were doing right seems to have gone out the window and three games in, the Red Devils have let 11 goals in.

Six of those came on Sunday when Tottenham thrashed them at Old Trafford but Solskjaer must find a solution fast with pressure mounting.

Here at Mirror Sport, we have ranked his current options…

5. Phil Jones



Phil Jones remains a United player

United have been desperate to get him out but after awarding him a new contract worth £70,000 only a year ago, they have found this tough going.

The 28-year-old last featured in a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in January.

4. Axel Tuanzebe



Axel Tuanzebe has returned to first-team training

Heralded as the potential saviour to United’s problems but a year out through injury will have had a huge impact on his play.

Chucking him straight into the first-team and expecting the youngster to solve all of the club’s issues will not be a good idea, he needs time to lean back into the squad.

3. Harry Maguire



Harry Maguire has had a poor start to the season

Many have told Solskjaer that he needs to sign a defensive player to partner Maguire at the back – but the truth is Maguire has become the problem.

Whether his escapade in Greece has unsettled him or it is just a run of bad form, there is no getting away from the fact United have looked worse with him in defence this season.

2. Victor Lindelof & Eric Bailly



Both Lindelof and Bailly need to step up their game

The only one to come out of United’s thrashing on Sunday looking good was Lindelof – because he was not involved.

The Sweden international has hardly been Paolo Maldini but might be the right solution for now.

As for Bailly, the Ivorian has had his own injury troubles but a decent run in the first-team could see his confidence return.

It is true he was erratic against Spurs but it can not be forgotten how excellent he looked when he first arrived.

1. … Nobody.



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence has been in tatters this season

The truth is, there is no standout centre-back at Old Trafford at the moment.

The whole crop should take a long look in the mirror before stepping onto the pitch in a United kit – and if that is a while then they only have themselves to blame.

The only positive note for Solskjaer is that he has come real prospects coming up through the academy.

Teden Mengi has been touted for stardom while Ethan Laird, played predominantly as a right-back, looks a genuine talent.

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