Roy Keane is concerned by Manchester United’s defensive situation after a disappointing start to the season.
Erik ten Hag’s men head into the first international break on the back of two wins and two defeats following a 3-1 loss to Arsenal over the weekend, with the two winning goals coming in stoppage time. United spent significantly during the summer window, landing the likes of Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund among others, but they don’t look any better at this stage.
It is still early in the season, and it’s always going to take time for players to bed in, but Ten Hag is also dealing with a lack of depth, particularly defensively.
The problem is partly of the Dutchman’s own making, given he decided to spent lavishly on a striker and goalkeeper rather than purchasing more players to pad out his squad, but the problem evident nonetheless.
And if it wasn’t already clear, the lack of depth was highlighted by the signing of 35-year-old former defender Jonny Evans on a one-year contract. Evans has performed very well for Leicester City over recent years, but he is a seasoned veteran at this stage, and as Keane has pointed out, he was allowed to leave by United years ago because his ability didn’t match up.
Keane said on Sky Sports: “I think the manager will be pleased with the performance, but if you look at the bigger picture, I still think there’s massive problems at the club.
“You look at the defence at the end of the game, I know there was injuries but there’s lads coming on… Maguire, they’re trying to move Maguire on, Jonny Evans… I like Jonny, Jonny is a good lad but he left Manchester United seven, eight years ago because they didn’t think he was good enough, he’s coming on today! They’re really stretched with the injuries.”