Gary Neville: What has impressed me about Man United defence

The Manchester United manager believes Jose Mourinho's back four have shown great momentum and resilience

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Hublot

Gary Neville has praised Manchester United’s “patched up” defence for showing great resilience over 2016-17 season.

The Red Devils eased to a 2-0 win against Burnley at Turf Moor thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney in the first half.

Manchester United moved to within a point of Manchester City in fourth place ahead of their derby clash at The Etihad on Thursday night.

Daley Blind was drafted into the Manchester United back four following Marcos Rojo’s serious knee injury during last week’s 2-1 win against Anderlecht in the Europa League.

The Argentina international had formed an impressive partnership with summer signing Eric Bailly with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones out through injury.

Bailly has played alongside Jones, Rojo and Smalling at different stages throughout the campaign, while the former Blackburn defender partnered with Rojo during the festive period.

Former Manchester United defender Neville has been impressed with Jose Mourinho’s defence throughout the season despite their consistent injury problems.

“Manchester United have had a patched up back four all season,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I saw Phil Jones-Marcos Rojo play for about 10-12 games at the start of the unbeaten run. I thought that wasn’t a pair. Both have a bit of rashness in them.

“One is right foot and one is left foot. They played really well together. Every time a question has been asked they still seem to defend quite well. They’re doing well. They’ve got a momentum and resilience in the team.”

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Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table.

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