Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that Jose Mourinho still needs another left-back and central defender at Manchester United.
He has expressed interest in signing another left-back this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose emerging as a target, but no new signings are expected at Old Trafford before the window shuts.
And Gerrard, reflecting on Mourinho’s squad, noted that he could improve in both areas in the near future.
“I think they’ve got the squad compete for the title now,” he said.
But it can improve in certain areas. I still think they need a top-class left-back. I’m still not sure the centre half partnership is one of a (Rio) Ferdinand and (Nemanja) Vidic.
“They’re the areas for me if you’re being ultra fussy.”
With all centre-back options fit, Mourinho has Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Lindelof at his disposal. Any more, you sense, would have an adverse congesting effect.
Gerrard’s demand for another defender suggests that, at least in his eyes, Lindelof will never rise to the level needed to succeed at Old Trafford, but the 23-year-old – in spite of a difficult start – boasts enormous talent on the ball and will, in time, ease into life in the Premier League.
The same logic can he applied to his query over a new left-back and Luke Shaw, set to return over the next few weeks: the Englishman deserves a chance to show he can fill that role before Mourinho enters the market.