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Man Utd Must Sign a Defensive leader to Challenge Next Season


For the second successive week the Red Devils dropped points as naive errors at the back saw them held by struggling West Brom

It was not that long ago that Manchester United looked like genuine Premier League title contenders, but those hopes are drifting away quickly now.

This United team is a work in progress; a project which at times this season, while they were sitting top of the table, looked to be progressing ahead of schedule.

Despite that, the most ardent of United supporter would not have realistically expected their side to have been competing for the title this season. And, over the last week or so, the Red Devils have been reminded as to why.

Bruno Fernandes’ talismanic impact in attack has inspired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to be top scorers in the English top flight this term, but a major piece of the jigsaw is lacking at the back.

If there was any doubt as to why United are prioritising signing a centre back this summer, then the first 45 minutes against West Brom emphasised the reasons.

Eight days on on from conceding three poor goals against Everton, they showed their fragility yet again at The Hawthorns.

Just 83 seconds into the game, Harry Maguire showed a lack of authority as he yet again dropped far too deep to deal with a cross into the box.

Behind him David de Gea failed to come and deal with Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ curled pass, leaving Mbaye Diagne to beat Victor Lindelof in the air and head the hosts into the lead.

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