It was a night to forget for Manchester United after they endured a torrid time at the Camp Nou in their Champions League quarter-final second-leg defeat to Barcelona.
A brace from Lionel Messi and beautifully curled strike by Philippe Coutinho helped condemn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to a 4-0 defeat on aggregate, and ex-Red Devil Gary Neville has since come out to slam his former team.
“[For] Scott McTominay, it’s a big lesson for him over the two games, he’s done well in the games but some of the others, they’re not good enough,” Neville told beIN SPORTS (via Goal) after the match.
“The coaching staff will see there’s a massive gulf between Europe’s best teams and where Manchester United are at. Manchester United need to revamp their squad – there is no doubt about that. [Solskjaer] needs a new defence in its entirety I would say.”
You can understand why Neville is being so brutal about Manchester United’s defence as they’re simply not good enough to match up against European giants like Barcelona.
Looking at Manchester United’s squad, they definitely need some defensive reinforcements with central defence quite clearly being a problem position.
That being said, Neville suggesting his old club need a new defence outright comes across as a bit reactionary.
When fit, you will find it hard to find a more complete left-back in the Premier League than Luke Shaw, while Portuguese youngster Diogo Dalot has also shown a lot of promise on the other side when he has been put in the team.
Bearing that in mind and the fact that Victor Lindelof’s form has rapidly improved over the last few months, Manchester United probably do not need a complete rebuild job at the back.