Manchester United's and her defensive deficiency.

in Sports Talk Social2 months ago

Well, people say the pre-season matches does not really count but I feel sometimes it shows the Coaches strengths and weaknesses.

I took sometime to analyze personally how Manchester united's pre-season matches has been going and how I feel it would or could affect their league performances. Dating back to their recent performances in the pre-season, United took on Brentford and just the same mistake I highlighted from the match against Queen Park Rangers.

So far so good in this pre-season, United's defensive performances has been quite disappointing for me. The combination of Alex Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi as 5 and 6 in the defense line is really a bad move for United at any point of action.


Manchester United's Strength and Deficiency.


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During the course of the match against Brentford, the attacking strength from both Manchester United and Brentford was quite delightful and interesting to watch. And for the fact that United is the bigger club, they had the privilege to keep the ball to themselves most of the time. Keeping the ball or keep possession is something good though but I don't see much need in that from a team like United and that actually affected the team so much last season even in the UEL final.

If at all United was to still win the ball possession, they could have lunched more attacks and pull outs in order to secure more goals or perhaps earn more corner kicks but the first half was too relaxing for United.

United had just 2 corner kicks in the first half, same as Brentford and I felt it would have been more applauding if United had made the attacks more physical. The likes of Lingard, Greenwood, and Elanga actually tried but they could have made the attacks more physical.


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As far as I am concerned, United's line up so far in the pre - season has been quite fair on the front line. It would be quite difficult to have the likes of Lingard and Greenwood facing these underdogs and not having to score goals but the fault has always been in the defense line so far.

These pre-season matches has finally helped me to confirm and conclude that Alex Tuanzebe isn't a player United should try nurture. He might get to be that good maybe in an underdog team but having him perform in a big team such has United seems like giving me less reasons to be a good player.

For the fact that Tuanzebe was paired with Mengi, I expected him to be the coordinator of the the defense line but he's not just good enough for the race. It's a similar issue with Maguire, he seemed to be more of the person playing the 5 and at the same time the 6. Victor Lindelof isn't totally a bad player but just like Tuanzebe in the lower team, they both don't have what it takes to be United's first choice.

I'm glad United now has Varane. That would help a lot in the league and pairing Maguire and Varane would be a solid decision to making in the team for quite a long time but another problem still lingers on the fact that if any of them peradventure secures an injury, it would be a very difficult time for Manchester United.

United's first team is with no doubt a strong team now but it is very important to take to heart that United doesn't have much healthy depths in the squad yet. Right from the defense line, both Maguire and Varane do not have a solid replacement nor any form of competition and that's quite a dangerous thing for a big team such as United.

It's not just about United's defense line now. Well, the attacking forces are quite cool with Rashford, Sancho, Cavani, Greenwood, Lingard, Martial, and James. There are more and many players to work with and same as the midfield too to some extent but the defense is something really giving me a huge concern and I hope it doesn't weigh the team down in this new season.


What signing do you think would create a good depth in United's defense?


I don't think United would sign anymore defender but I would be glad to see them have at least one more even if it's going to be a loan deal.


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for me i think the defensive issue is what man united are really facing in the time past just like Arsenal too which i believe with the addition of Varane things will change.

the truth is that in life we must learn and understand our weakness then work on how to convert it to our strength.

"WE CANNOT BE DOING THE SAME THING AND BE EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULT"

this is just a normal things

Yeah. Thanks for the insight.

Well, people say the pre-season matches does not really count but I feel sometimes it shows the Coaches strengths and weaknesses.

truly the pre season match dont really mean the ability of the team because they don't really use their full squad and even the players dont paly in their full potential but the secret their is that in a competitive team pre season match is the time to compete and convince the coaching staffs , it is a medium to discover a player and to know the potential of upcoming players.
as of Manchester United defence i think they dont really have problem in their defence the problem they have is attack ,that is why the signing of sancho is important and a good one for them but then, they still need a striker so they can compete for titles this season

I am a patriotic United fan and I am telling you that United has a huge problem with her defense.

ok if you say so, although i am not a united fans

I also believe that the Manchester United defence is somehow deficient , the reason I believe they made a major signing in that department few days ago. with the recent acquisition of Raphael Varane I believe that area will be a little more solid than it used to be.

Overall the new United side seems ready to take on any club this season with Jordan Sancho helping the attack line and Raphaël Varane coming up in the back to help the team. They seems very balanced but the only worry I have for the club is the central midfield position because of the fact that Paul Pogba might be on his way out. I hope they handle any sort of issue that poses as a threat before the new season commences.

I personally don't believe Pogba is leaving.

Would be great for the team if he doesn't

Yeah. Let's just hope he doesn't

Actually you are right dear friend, but I want to point out something for you, Alex Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi are second eleven or even third as the case may be, when the likes of Maguire, varane (new signing), Eric Bailly, lindelof, are still very much available available for selection, I don't think there is need to worry, man United defence is gonna stronger than you think

Actually you are right dear friend, but I want to point out something for you, Alex Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi are second eleven or even third as the case may be, when the likes of Maguire, varane (new signing), Eric Bailly, lindelof, are still very much available available for selection, I don't think there is need to worry, man United defence is gonna stronger than you think

Eric and Lindelof aren't good enough for United's first team.