Louis van Gaal’s Man United defensively weak, says Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies reckons Manchester United haven't protected David De Gea very well

Kevin Davies has branded Manchester United defensively weak ahead of Preston North End’s clash against the Red Devils in the FA Cup.

Louis van Gaal’s side make the trip to the League One side on Monday night looking to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

They haven’t had a settled back three, back four, whatever they’re playing, back five at times

Kevin Davies

However, the former Bolton Wanderers striker is eyeing the opportunity to test a fragile United defence that conceded against Burnley on Wednesday night.

Speaking ahead of the cup clash, Preston striker Davies said that he believes United are struggling to protect their star goalkeeper David De Gea.

“You’d have to identify that as their weakness, that’s certainly what I feel. When you consider De Gea’s been their best player, he’s not been that well protected. Without him they wouldn’t be in those top-four positions, I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Davies is quoted as saying by PA.

“They haven’t had a settled back three, back four, whatever they’re playing, back five at times. Whether Van Gaal would pick the same team anyway with the rotation and things you don’t know. I think it’s an area they’ll need to improve if they get into the Champions League and if they want to start competing for the title again with Chelsea being so strong and Man City ahead of them.

“I think the squad needs an overhaul and [Van Gaal] is starting to do that. You can’t just do that in one or two windows. I think he will get it right and we will see Man United over the next six or 12 months get better and better and play a better style of football.”

United have the third best defensive record in the Premier League, only Chelsea and Southampton have conceded less goals in the English top-flight this season.

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The Red Devils are yet to concede a goal in the FA Cup this season after beating Yeovil Town and Cambridge United, albeit requiring a replay against the League Two outfit.

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