He will be a steal for Bayern Munich if this morning’s reports are to be believed.However, there is some positivity for United
at the back, as Jonny Evans
is set to make his return to the first team for this evening’s Capital One Cup
game against MK Dons.The only available central defenders United
have at the moment are Blackett, Jones, Michael Keane and, now, Evans
Manchester United have conceded three goals in their opening two Premier League games of the season, picking up just one point.
Whilst some people, through desperation more than anything else, might point out that United went without a win in the first two games in the 1992-93, 1998-99 and 2007-08 seasons, it is little consolation to the fans at the moment.
Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra all left the club this summer and as yet United have not brought in sufficient replacements. Luke Shaw has been injured since before the season kicked off and Marcos Rojo, the latest signing from Sporting Lisbon, is still without a work permit.
It would be easy then to point fingers at the defence for not staying tight enough at the back. Whilst they haven’t looked particularly steady, the bigger issues seems to be the lack of cover they have been provided from the midfield. Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini have had an awful start to the season. With Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Anderson all injured, Louis van Gaal’s options in the midfield of the park are incredibly limited.
Against Sunderland, Van Gaal was forced in to using Adnan Januzaj in the centre of midfield, a player who has always been used on the wing or up front in the first team, which indicates how desperate the manager is.
With better players in midfield it would stand to reason that the defensive back three, which has mainly comprised of Tyler Blackett, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, would have an easier job.
Blackett was guilty of a couple of mistakes against Swansea but for a 20-year-old who has just made his debut, for the most part he looks remarkably composed. Jones has been alright too, whilst Smalling has looked a bit out of sorts.
It is incredible that a player of Mehdi Benatia’s quality is on the market but United apparently haven’t gone for him. He will be a steal for Bayern Munich if this morning’s reports are to be believed.
However, there is some positivity for United at the back, as Jonny Evans is set to make his return to the first team for this evening’s Capital One Cup game against MK Dons.
The only available central defenders United have at the moment are Blackett, Jones, Michael Keane and, now, Evans. Smalling went off against Sunderland with an injury. At 26-years-old, Evans is the most experienced of the bunch, and hopefully his presence can make a difference to that defensive line.
Evans will likely be grateful that he can be eased in to his first game against League One opposition, in preparation for this weekend’s game against Burnley.
You would imagine Van Gaal is on the look out to sign more defenders before the transfer window closes, so Evans should see this as his opportunity to prove to the manager that he should be one of the starting three at the back this season.
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