Manchester United’s Champions League dream has officially come to an end. Following a 3-0 loss at Camp Nou, The Red Devils have been eliminated by FC Barcelona by a 4-0 aggregate score. There have been several reactions regarding the loss, although no one was utterly surprised at this exit. Barca were the favourites ever since the draw was announced, and they simply lived up to the expectations.
But one pundit that wasn’t happy was Gary Neville. The former right-back criticised the squad and most of his darts were directed towards the defensive line.
“The coaching staff will see there’s a massive gulf between Europe’s best teams and where Manchester United are at. Manchester United need to revamp their squad – there is no doubt about that. Solskjaer needs a new defence in its entirety I would say.” Neville said. “The last few weeks have been a reality check for Manchester United, but tonight makes you feel about how far away they are from being the team they need to be.”
So… what should the team do this summer?
For what is worth, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said there will be MASSIVE changes on the squad once the season ends. But how many of those would be on the back line? Right now, The Red Devils have been linked with names such as Jadon Sancho, Nicolas Pepe and even a potential Memphis Depay return. But none of those players would solve the team’s defensive issues.
Of course, transfer rumours are one thing, and the actual transfer activity is another one. But one thing was certain this Tuesday. The Red Devils must make changes on the defensive end as soon as possible. Players like Ashley Young and Phil Jones are just not good anymore if United want to compete with some of the top teams in Europe.
Undoubtedly, Solskjaer has a big task ahead of him this summer. Will he assemble the defence he wants to make United a contender next season?