Manchester United has had a torrid start to the new season especially defensively, as the Red Devils have conceded 12 goals in the first four games of the Premier League. That also included a humiliating 6 – 1 drubbing at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspurs. Fingers have been pointed at many places including Ed Woodward and The Glazers who failed to sign a center-back given the problems that we were facing.
This isn’t just a new problem. It stretches it out to last season as well where we conceded goals due to mistakes from everybody in the backline – including even the once-reliable David de Gea. The full-back pairing however in our team is extremely strong defensively and is one less issue to worry about.
Today we take a look at four ways in which we could fix our defensive issues.
1. BUY A NEW CENTER BACK
This is probably the most obvious one. We need a new center-back who is pacy, good on the ball, and aerially. Many candidates come to mind. The two that I want to talk about specifically are Pau Torres and Dayot Upamecano.
Pau Torres, the Villareal center back had a breakthrough season last year which also got him included in the Spanish national team. He is pacy and extremely good on the ball and is left-footed – thus can play on the left side of the defense. He is probably the ideal partner for Harry Maguire as he compliments him well.
Pau Torres last season was unbelievable and given his age, he can only grow from here.
Dayot Upamecano is the player I would sign however if given a choice. The RB Leipzig center back was crucial in their successful campaign where they reached the Champions League semi-finals under Julien Nagglesman. He is strong, agile, fast, and doesn’t shy away from a tackle. Partnered with Lindelof he could turn