Neville insists Solskjaer can’t persist with limited Man Utd pair

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Gary Neville says Manchester United “will never win the league” with their current center-back team of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Maguire and Lindelof have proven United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s favorite couple over the past two seasons.

However, the pair came under attack for their roles in United. 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Indeed, speaking on Sky Sports’ comments during the game, Neville insisted that United had to find a new addition.


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Analyzing Wilfried Zaha’s second strike, he claimed that Maguire and Lindelof didn’t have the crucial element of rhythm.

” Well, I believe [Zaha’s] beat those two Manchester United center-backs all day, ”Neville said. “He has them exactly where he wants them. He’s just not strong enough, Lindelof. It’s a 50/50. It is weak.

“You can talk about Jadon Sancho as much as you want, but until they have a center-back who can run and defend one-on-one, you’re never going to win a league.

“They won’t win the league with this center-back duo. They must have a mobile, fast and dominant central defender alongside Lindelof or Maguire. Their defense has been better since Christmas, no doubt, but you’re talking about leveling up.

Neville added that a quick center-half has been a key characteristic of great United sides of the past.

“If you look at all of the best partnerships with the center-back over the years, they’ve always had a quick partnership,” he said (via the Subway).

“Old Trafford is a big field and especially if your full-backs advance you will leave your middle halves one-on-one.

“Over the years, Man United’s best center-back partnerships have always had this very quick partnership – whether it’s Jaap Stam or Rio Ferdinand or Gary Pallister – that has a blistering pace to get through and stifle danger.

“Lindelof and Maguire just don’t have that.



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