Manchester United may not have played since October 4 but Harry Maguire’s red card for England highlighted the problems the Red Devils have in defence.
Maguire was dismissed after just half an hour of the Three Lions’ Nations League clash against Denmark on Wednesday night, with two bookable offences that could have been reds in their own right.
Five minutes into the Wembley clash, he was shown a yellow for a late lunge on Yussuf Poulsen. Former United defender Gary Neville said in commentary for Sky that Maguire’s tackle was a ‘potential leg breaker’.
But the referee later had no choice but to send the 27-year-old off as Maguire’s poor touch led to him lunging in and catching Kasper Dohlberg in another bad challenge as England limped to a 1-0 defeat at Wembley.
His international woes follow a shoddy performance in United’s last fixture which saw them concede SIX goals in a resounding defeat at home to Tottenham.
It’s unfair to pin all of the Red Devils’ defensive woes on Maguire though. None of them have been up to the job of defending for a side that has ambitions to challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City at the top.
United’s next match sees them travel to Newcastle on Saturday, which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT, kick-off 8pm.
An incredible stat has revealed that the Magpies have been the Premier League’s most clinical team so far this season.
However, an even more worrying stat from a Manchester United perspective shows just how bad they’ve been defensively in 2020/21 so far.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have conceded eleven Premier League goals from their first three matches, the second most goals a Man United side has ever shipped at the start of a league season.
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You have to go all the way back to the 1930/31 campaign to find a season where United side conceded more goals – they let in 13 at the same point.
There’s just no defence for Manchester United’s poor start.
Sir Alex Ferguson must be shaking his head at his beloved side’s current demise.