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Gary Neville: 'Manchester United defence not good enough'

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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville claims that the club are paying for their failure to sign defensive reinforcements during the transfer window.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has claimed that the team's defence is not good enough following their 3-2 defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon.

United boss Jose Mourinho made signing a new centre-back one of his main priorities during the summer transfer window, but no deal materialised despite reports linking the club with Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Diego Godin and Yerry Mina.

The Red Devils' defeat at the Amex was littered with mistakes as Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly struggled to cope with Brighton's attack, and Neville is unconvinced by Mourinho's options at the back.

"There's no doubt that before the first game of the season, Manchester United needed one or two authoritative new centre-backs. Jose Mourinho, in his own words, gave the list, and it wasn't delivered. For whatever reason - maybe they were too expensive, they didn't fit the club's philosophy or players weren't available," Neville told Sky Sports News.

"What we've seen today are two players in Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof who are lacking confidence a little bit or maybe they aren't quite good enough. Maybe the answer lies somewhere in between. To me, they look like second-fiddle centre-backs. If they had, for instance, John Terry, Jaap Stam, Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic alongside them then they would probably be alright.

"You can get messed around a little bit and those two centre-backs today for Manchester United got messed around. It happens quite a bit. I'm not making excuses for them. There has been £120m of investment in that back four. You've probably got the best goalkeeper in the world, so from a back-five point of view, you could argue there has been serious investment.

"However, they are not good enough. Collectively they are not good enough and individually they are not good enough."

Only Arsenal, Fulham, West Ham United and Huddersfield Town have conceded more goals than United in their opening two games of the season.



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4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914
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