Gary Neville thinks Maguire and Lindelof are each other's problems

Tue 16 February 2021 | 10:24

The Red Devils icon Gary Neville trusts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team stays feeble at the backline and needs to go for new players to become title challengers.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are a "


" for each other at Manchester United, says the Man Utd legend while repeating his proposal for defensive increments to be made in the forthcoming transfer windows. 

Definite advancement has been made at Old Trafford this season, with potential trophies near hand, yet inconsistency stays an issue – especially at the rear-back. 

Neville wouldn't get his fingers crossed for the current Man Utd squad to the

Premier League

with three main problems in the team's ranks. 

"The key thing is that only one of the last 20 Premier League champions have conceded at least one goal per game," Neville has told Sky Sports.

"That tells you about these three of [David] de Gea, Lindelof and Maguire. To win titles, that triangle of goalkeeper and two centre-backs need to be as solid as a rock.

"They're not going to turf Maguire out. They've invested £80m, he's the cornerstone of the defence and the one they will build the defence around. So they need to find a partner for him.

"It's got to be someone of the physicality and profile of Eric Bailly. Someone who is quick, good in the air, strong and can cover Maguire one-on-one. But also someone who's going to get them up the pitch to allow them to play a bit higher.

"Lindelof's problem is Maguire and Maguire's problem is Lindelof. I think if you put Lindelof alongside [Virgil] van Dijk at Liverpool, I think he's a really good player. He understands the game, he reads the game, he's a good defender.

"If he was alongside a [Rio] Ferdinand or a Van Dijk, I think he'd make a great pair. The problem is he is alongside somebody who's not the most mobile in Harry Maguire.

"The problem Lindelof has got is they've invested £80m on Maguire so they're going to have to put someone alongside him. They both seem to drop back a little bit and you need someone who can get them up the pitch."




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