Former Manchester United right-back and now-TV pundit Gary Neville hasn’t held back his criticism for Jose Mourinho‘s defenders following the shameful 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.
Man United never got out of second gear and the two goals in as many minutes before the half-hour mark set the tone for a frustrating afternoon in which Romelu Lukaku’s header and Paul Pogba‘s penalty were the only positives to pick.
The performance matched that of last season at the AMEX Stadium when Pascal Gross earnt Brighton a 1-0 win to retain the club’s Premier League status, which is extremely worrying after another £70m spent over the summer.
Speaking on Sky Sports after full-time, Neville made his thoughts on the United defence clear after a collection of comical moments for all three of the hosts goals: “Mourinho will hate everything he’s seeing, he cannot believe it.
“All of them dive in [ahead of Brighton’s second], every single one of them. He’s got five centre-backs, is there a pair there you would trust? That back four is not good enough to win a Premier League title.”
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have felt the brunt of the negative storm amongst fans and pundits, and now should now be wary of Mourinho’s other fit options Phil Jones and Chris Smalling‘s availability.
A clearly-discomforted chief executive Ed Woodward was spotted in the stands after the match ended on the back of huge attention following the club’s failure to sign a central defender in the transfer window.
Expect the area to be addressed sooner rather than later.