Gary Neville has told Man Utd one transfer they must make to win Premier League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to not sign another central defender for Manchester United, was one that divided opinion during the summer window.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof had built a good partnership last season, while the likes of Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe were waiting in the wings.
“For me, we’ve got enough good centre-backs here at the moment,” he said, after conceding five times in the first two Premier League games.
And that came just days after United legend Gary Neville urged his old team to sign a mobile centre-back to partner Maguire at the back.
“We can talk about [Jadon] Sancho all we like but until United get a centre back who can run and defend one-on-ones they are never going to win the league,” the ex-United defender said back in September.
With just days to go until the January window opens, the Red Devils are firmly back in the title race, finding themselves just three points behind Liverpool in the title race.
Solskjaer’s men can actually draw level with their old rivals with a win on New Year’s Day, with Neville growing increasingly confident of a 21st Premier League crown.
Previously however, the Sky Sports pundit suggested United would be unable to usurp Liverpool without a new centre back.
“They are never going to win the Premier League with that centre back pairing,” he added.
“They have to get a mobile, dominant centre half in alongside either Lindelof or Maguire.
“Over the years, the best centre back partnerships have always had that really quick one who has lightning pace to get across and snuff out the danger. Lindelof and Maguire just don’t have that.”
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But while the Maguire and Lindelof combination has grown increasingly shaky, the introduction of Bailly could give Solskjaer and Neville the solution they are after.
The Ivorian has finally managed back-to back starts, for the first time this season and impressed in the win over Wolves.
Solskjaer stood firm on his belief that United didn’t need a centre back to maintain a title challenge, January could test his commitment even more.
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