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'Man Utd need someone with pace at Maguire's side' - Replacing Lindelof should be a priority for Red Devils, says McClaren
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22-Sep-2020, 03:19 pm

'Man Utd need someone with pace at Maguire's side' - Replacing Lindelof should be a priority for Red Devils, says McClaren


Harry Maguire Man Utd 2020-21

Manchester United need somebody with pace at Harry Maguire's side, according to Steve McClaren, who says replacing Victor Lindelof should be a "priority" for the Red Devils.

An Andros Townsend strikeand two goalsfrom ex-Red Devils winger Wilfred Zaha ensuredthat the Eagles maintained their perfect start to the new season, with £35million ($45m) summer signing Donny van de Beek grabbing a consolation goal for the hosts after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Lindelof had an evening to forget atthe heart of United's defence, as he failed to preventJeffrey Schlupp from delivering the cross for Townsend's openerbefore giving away a penalty and being outmuscled by Zaha as he grabbed his second goal of the game late on.

Solskjaer lamented a lack of preparation time following his side's run to the Europa League semi-finals last season when reflecting on the defeat, and promised a swift response as his players get back up to speed in the coming weeks.

However, McClaren thinks United will need to add another centre-back to their ranks in order to avoid a repeat of the showing against Palace, having seen Lindelof's weaknesses ruthlessly exposed by Roy Hodgson's men.

"They targeted Lindelof and I think Maguire is a bit more cleverand can cope and get in the right positions,"the former Red Devils assistant told talkSPORT .

"They went 1v1 behind him every time - Zaha,Townsend,Schlupp -and he couldn’t cope with it.

"When you dominate possession and you’re playing in the opponent’s half there’s a lot of space in behind you, you’ve got to have pace.

"Manchester United, yes, going forward, have got pace but at the back they’re lacking pace and it was exposed on Saturday by Palace.

"They need that pace, that would be my priority looking at that team, 'please get somebody at the side of Maguire that has got pace' because they couldn’t deal with 1v1s."

United are currently preparing for a Carabao Cup third-round tieaway at Luton Town on Tuesday, which comes four days before they take in a trip to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton.


Source : goal.com

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