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#5 Richard Dunne on United defenders
Manchester United might be back to their winning ways but the truth is that they haven’t been entirely convincing. While their comeback wins show their mettle and prove that they are mentally strong, it also reveals that their defense needs a rework.
According to former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne, Manchester United don’t possess the defenders that they once had.
The likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic held the fort for them for a long time and Dunne believes that the moment Mourinho gets defenders of the highest caliber, he will dump his current pair.
“It’s not easy for United because when you look around the world there aren't that many centre-backs playing at that top level who they can get from other clubs,” he said.
“Since the days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic United have struggled to get a settled two and I’m sure as soon as Mourinho has the opportunity he will change the two he has now for different ones,” said Dunne.
Dunne was of the opinion that Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling don’t ooze the same aura as those legends of days gone by and it is for this reason that the Red Devils will be looking for defenders once the window opens as a strong backline is the most necessary aspect to win league titles.
“At the moment he has Lindelof and Smalling but they don’t inspire confidence throughout the team and as soon as that transfer window opens I’m sure they will be out looking for centre-backs again.
“To win league titles you always have to be solid at the back and United just haven’t been able to find that partnership to give them the base.”
Read the full 888sport interview with Richard Dunne including his thoughts on why Mourinho will be desperate to offload Smalling and Lindelof.