Gary Neville has warned Manchester United will not be able to win the Premier League with a centre-back pairing of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire and urged the Old Trafford hierarchy to prioritise signing a new central defender following their shock 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
After sitting out the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, United were dismantled by a Wilfried Zaha-inspired Palace with the former United forward scoring twice.
Despite pursuing Jadon Sancho throughout the summer, Donny van de Beek remains United’s only signing with just two weeks remaining before the transfer window closes.
However, Neville is adamant that United ought to be prioritising a new defender ahead of Sancho or any other offensively-minded player.
“There is going to be big pressure on the back of this,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“We can talk about Jadon Sancho all we like but until Manchester United get a centre-back who can run and defend one-on-ones they are never going to win the league. They are never going to win the Premier League with that centre-back pairing.
“They have to get a mobile, dominant centre-half in alongside either Lindelof or Maguire.”
According to the former United captain, Lindelof and Maguire simply lack the required speed to be a successful pairing.
“One area Man Utd need to try to strengthen is centre-back. But it has to be a quick one – someone who can defend one-on-ones,” Neville said during commentary.
“If you look at all the best centre-half partnerships down the years, they have always had a quick one.