Graeme Souness warns Manchester United’s spending on defenders ‘will all be money down the drain’ unless they improve their midfield
- Graeme Souness says Manchester United’s defensive spending could be wasted
- United paid £80million for Harry Maguire and £60million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka
- In addition, David de Gea and Victor Lindelof signed new contracts recently
- Souness stressed that United must focus on improving their midfield
Graeme Souness has warned that Manchester United’s spending on defenders ‘will all be money down the drain’ if they are unable to improve their midfield.
United brought in Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £80million and £50million respectively in the summer transfer window, while they have also tied Victor Lindelof and goalkeeper David de Gea to lucrative new contracts.
However, Souness believes that United’s midfield is making matters considerably more difficult for the defence.
Graeme Souness has warned that Manchester United need to improve their midfield
Souness says that money spent on defenders will be wasted if United’s midfield isn’t improved
Souness told The Sunday Times: ‘Until they fix it (their midfield), United’s back five will be fire-fighting.
‘They can spend massively on Maguire, give Victor Lindelof a new five-year deal, De Gea four more lucrative years and sign Wan-Bissaka for £50million and it will all be money down the drain.’
United have taken just eight points from their six Premier League games so far, and have been vulnerable defensively, but Souness has refused to blame the likes of Harry Maguire.
United spent £80million on Harry Maguire but Souness criticised United’s midfield instead
In addition, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka arrived for £50million from Crystal Palace
United tied goalkeeper David de Gea and centre-back Victor Lindelof to new deals recently
Souness said: ‘United are trying to rebuild from the back after signing Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £80million and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £50million.
‘I rate Maguire. He will be disappointed with how it’s gone so far, but I’d not put it all at his door’.
Souness instead criticised United’s midfield, with the likes of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic having struggled in the defeat to West Ham United last weekend.,
Souness said: ‘When a team is conceding goals, people focus on the goalkeeper and back four. Their mistakes, their vulnerability, how they seem to be caught out of position.
‘But most of the time that’s because the midfield in front of them are not doing their job properly, so they have to step out and confront situations or make saves.’
Souness was also critical of Paul Pogba and added United’s midfield is too easy to play against
‘Their midfielders were under the illusion they were doing their jobs because they were goal side, but when somebody in 20 yards from goal you can’t allow them to get their head up as West Ham’s midfielders did before Andriy Yarmolenko scored.
‘United’s midfield are too easy to play against. Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and co should have been sprinting out to put West Ham’s midfielders under pressure.’
Paul Pogba also came in for criticism from Souness, who said: ‘Pogba’s first thought is to show everybody how clever and cute he can be. If that’s the example your main man in midfield is setting, you’re too easy to play against, and until they fix it, United’s back five will be fire-fighting.’
United, who required penalties to beat Rochdale in the Carabao Cup in midweek, host Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night.