Redknapp: Van Gaal needs to prove he is a genius & sort Man United defence

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says Manchester United have a major problem after failing to sign centre-half

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jamie Redknapp says Louis van Gaal must prove that he is a genius and sort the Manchester United defence, insisting a fan could have signed Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

The Red Devils squandered a 2-0 and 3-1 lead at the King Power Stadium to suffer a shock 5-3 loss to newly-promoted Leicester City on Sunday, leaving United in 12th in the Premier League table.

Fixing the United defence is another matter. Now we really will find out if Louis van Gaal is a genius

Jamie Redknapp

Van Gaal’s big-name summer signings Di Maria and Falcao looked impressive as the Argentina winger scored his second Red Devils goal and Falcao created Robin van Persie’s strike.

But former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp feels 63-year-old Van Gaal has given himself a “major problem” after failing to sign a top-class centre-half in the summer transfer window.

“It doesn’t take a great tactical mind to go out and sign Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“Any United fan could have done that. It’s not rocket science. But fixing the United defence is another matter. Now we really will find out if Louis van Gaal is a genius.

“Everyone could see that United were light years away from where they should be. They were so obviously short of top defenders and have given themselves a major problem by not signing a recognised centre-back.

“They had no Champions League in the week and plenty of time to work on their defensive system. There were no excuses and to concede five goals against a newly promoted club is appalling.

“At the beginning of the season, people criticised them for using a back three but even with four they let in five goals. Can you imagine if that had happened with a three? It just goes to show there is more to their problems than just systems.”

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