Manchester United: three problematic positions the Red Devils need to fix
The display against Crystal Palace underlined Manchester United's need to improve these playing positions.
Manchester United were inspired to a brilliant comeback against Crystal Palace on Monday. The team overturned a 2-0 deficit at Selhurst Park in a swashbuckling encounter with end to end action.
Palace led at the half-time whistle and doubled their lead in the opening minutes of the second half. Chris Smalling pulled one back for the team and Romelu Lukaku equalised. Courtesy of Nemanja Matic's 30-yard screamer in the 91st minute, United secured all three points.
While the fans were busy celebrating yet another 'Fergie time' style comeback, some pundits were not impressed with the team's overall efforts.
United looked vulnerable till the 50th minute against a religation threatened side and could have easily dropped a couple of points.
That said, here is a look at the problem areas exposed by Crystal Palace in the star studded Red Devil's first eleven;
United have been looking shaky at the back. In no way do they appear to be the team with a typical "Jose defence". Eric Bailly's and Marcos Rojo's absence has turned this defence leaky.
Faced with opposition who fancy their chances on the ball, the back-line of United seem vulnerable.
Against Newcastle and Crystal Palace, they continuously carried a nervousness in their centre-back pairing though United dominated possession. Such nervousness is always exploited by lower level oppositions who thrive on the little chances they get.
Chris Smalling showed too much respect to Christian Benteke which eventually led to Palace's opening goal. Victor Lindelof appeared to be bull-dozed by Roy Hudgson's men. Thanks to De Gea, yet again, for keeping United into the game, saving a thumping header from the Belgian striker.
United face Liverpool next in the league. The attacking trio of Liverpool are sure to pose a serious threat to Jose's men.