Centre-half options just not good enough - Neville
Gary Neville can see why Jose Mourinho is unhappy about Mancheser United's lack of transfer activity this summer.
“I don’t think the centre-back pairings are good enough so I do think Jose is right,” Neville (right) said at the launch of Cadbury’s Premier League partnership.
“They need a strong centre-back pairing. I think they have capable defenders but I’m not sure there is a great pair there.
“That’s always a problem. ‘Who’s the back four?’ I don’t know. They have signed a good right-back (Diogo Dalot) but he’s not quite fit yet.
“They did need one or two centre-backs and that worries me in terms of them winning the league. But I do think they have a great squad still but they are one or two centre-backs short.”
“There is definitely tension there that you can sense between the board and Jose,” added neville.
“He doesn’t feel that he is being supported and the board probably feel as though the signings he wants aren’t quite right. There is definitely that tension.
Losing at home to Leicester would heap further pressure on Mourinho and, having been in a similar position as a player, Neville stressed the importance of United getting off to a positive start.
“You can’t speak negatively about a team that is winning, so the ultimate thing is that they win and they win well,” he added.
“If the game goes against Manchester United, they lose 3-0 at home and the centre-backs make mistakes... I’ll be on television straight after, what am I going to say?
“World War Three is going to break out if that happens.”
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