- Former Man City defender Richard Dunne claims Man United will undergo a defensive overhaul as soon as possible
- Dunne insists the duo of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof have no business in the Red Devils squad
- He also expects Man City pair John Stones and Ayemeric Laporte to emerge the best central defenders in the Premier League going forward
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will offload the pair of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof from the Red Devils squad if he get the backing of the club’s eggheads says former Manchester City defence ace Richard Dunne.
According to The Mirror report citing 888sport sources, Dunne, who spent nine seasons at the Etihad believes City John Stones and partner Ayemeric Laporte are top quality when compared to Red Devils Smalling and Lindelof.
He stressed that Mourinho will be keen to send them packing when the winter transfer window opens in January.
“It’s not easy for United because when you look around the world there aren't that many centre-backs playing at that top level who they can get from other clubs.
“Since the days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic United have struggled to get a settled two and I’m sure as soon as Mourinho has the opportunity he will change the two he has now for different ones," Dunne was quoted as saying to 888sport.
“At the moment he has Lindelof and Smalling but they don’t inspire confidence throughout the team and as soon as that transfer window opens I’m sure they will be out looking for centre-backs again.
“For all of the flair players they had and the attacking footballers United always had a strong defence with centre-backs who were trustworthy.
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“For whatever reason the centre-backs they have now are not only making mistakes but are also being injured a lot and missing games. That’s made it difficult to form any partnerships.
“To win league titles you always have to be solid at the back and United just haven’t been able to find that partnership to give them the base.”
Speaking further, Dunne maintained that Stones and Laporte are likely to emerge the best central defenders in the English topflight, in the coming years.
“They are very different to when you go back over the years to the centre-back pairings that United had. Vidic and Stam, Steve Bruce and Pallister even.
“They were tough tacklers whereas the two City have – who are the only two centre-backs that Pep has bought – are completely within his profile of ball-playing defenders.
“The understanding that they’ve got could make this a long-standing partnership and certainly the most successful in Premier League history,” Dunne submitted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho described Man City as 'untouchables' ahead of their derby this weekend.
The Citizens have been in top form in their title defence - sitting atop of the EPL table with 29 points from 11 games.
United on their other hand are seventh on the table with 20 points after the same number of matches.
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