Manchester United Football Club put in a horrific performance against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday evening, with the Red Devils losing 3-2 in what can only be described as a defensive horror show.
The centre-back pairing of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof struggled massively throughout. They looked shaky, couldn’t find a red shirt when on the ball and quite frankly, looked like nervous wrecks whenever possession came their way.
Following the loss, Martin Keown has rightly hammered the pair, while also laying the blame at Jose Mourinho’s door. The self-proclaimed Special One chased new centre-back signings all summer but never got one. That creates doubt in the player’s minds…
“Is it any surprise that Manchester United’s central defenders made mistakes?” he told the Daily Mail.
“Jose Mourinho made the first blunder of United’s season by publicly demanding new signings all summer.
“In doing so, he was effectively telling his players that they are not good enough.
“It creates doubt within the group. Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly played as if they were on borrowed time and the whole team looked shorn of confidence.
To an extent, Keown is right. I guess that Mourinho was hoping Edward Woodward would delivery the signings, though. Obviously, that didn’t happen. The blame lies largely at his doorstep in my opinion.
It’s a shame, because the talent for both Lindelof and Bailly is there. Following two decent performances from them both against Leicester City, I thought they’d turned a corner.
Following Sunday’s dismal showing, they are back to square one. Don’t be surprised to see them both drop to the bench for United’s home game against Tottenham next Monday, while The Chuckle Brothers come back in…