Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Nev: Injuries Destroyed The Defence

Nev: Injuries Destroyed The Defence

Lack of a settled back four cost United dearly, according to club captain Gary Neville. Gary believes that the injuries and suspensions seriously weakened our defence which has been brilliant over the last three campaigns.

'We are interchanging the defence too regularly at the moment because of injuries and it has caused us a problem,' he said.

'We had to change our keeper for the opening two months of the season, then Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have been injured. Before that it was Wes Brown.'

'It means more changes than the manager would like. He wants a consistent back four, which is what we have had for two or three seasons.'

'We definitely want to improve defensively and once we settle into our stride I am sure we will become better.'

Hopefully but injuries alone cannot explain the alarming loss of form in the case of Rio Ferdinand, for example. Although it's true that Gary's point is reinforced by the performance of Patrice Evra who's been the only mainstay of the defence this season and he performed brilliantly. The others, chopped and changed around, did not reach last season's heights.

Edwin's absence hardly helped of course but it would be time to regain our invincibility at the back which was the basis of last season's success. Alarm bells have been ringing since August but perhaps prematurely: remember, last season's great run did not start until November and we looked very vulnerable at the back in the defeat at Arsenal which was almost exactly a year ago.

As I said, Ferdinand's form is a worry and cannot be fully explained by injuries - but the major worry is still his fitness. If he'll never be able to shake off the injury problems he'll never recapture his true form. If he returns to full fitness he might become the world-class defender he usually is, if his head is sorted out as well.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Zae
Date:Thursday November 5 2009
Time: 7:14PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Haye’s Blast

Comments

0
So what the Neviller is basically saying is that your back-up defenders are crap. Ever the master of diplomacy that man
fifthcolumnblue
05/11/2009 20:27:00
0
What he really is saying is that constant changes at the back will result in little or no understanding among the defenders and the goalkeeper plus the defenders like brown and even rafael who will back soon are coming back after long layoffs,so it does take time to get used to the pace of the game plus once again establishing an understanding.So the last thing we should do is tinker with the defence or even the midfield,or the strike department for that matter.
Antriksh (abmtd)
06/11/2009 08:29:00
0
I'm not really happy with our back-up defenders in general they can play well but more oftenly are quiet dodgy if you will. Brown, one season he's amazing the next it's back to the routine silly, shakey defending, Evans is young but I prefer him other Brown and O'Shea and O'Shea i just don't think is good enough if, touch wood, Evra ever did get a long injury, Rafael & Fabio are still young and can be a bit shakey at times as well.
One United 92
07/11/2009 19:42:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

Rashord Set For England Debut

This coming Friday evening England play the second warm-up fixture in their preparations for the Euro 2016 Finals, in France.

AUDIO: Begovic: United a force under Mourinho

The anticipation levels are rising at the prospect of Jose Mourinho becoming the new manager of Manchester United.

De Gea Set for United Stay (Now)

One source, this morning, is suggesting that the axing of Louis van Gaal could be very beneficial when it comes to David de Gea remaining at Old Trafford.

Duo Set for United Return?

With the arrival of Jose Mourinho said to be imminent, it`ll be interesting to see who the Special One brings to Old Trafford as his assistants.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Were United Right to Sack Louis van Gaal?
Suggested By: Red Boy
Yes!85%
No!5%
Time Will Tell!9%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.TheFamousNo71
2.Cathal P Forde1