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Manchester United: Lindelof continues to be a liability

Manchester United took a thrashing from their neighbours yesterday when Manchester City put four past David de Gea in another shocking performance from Ralf Rangnick’s squad.

The lack of effort put in by the players could ultimately cost the side Champions League football next season if they don’t change something fast.

Arsenal have now taken the top four spot from the Manchester giants, and the Gunners also have three games in hand on their northern Champions League qualification rivals, which will be a huge problem for Ralf Rangnick.

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The German coach was brought in to steady the ship and secure Champions League football next season when they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November, however despite picking up good results here and there, the problems with inconsistency and player performances on the pitch have not improved at all.

Despite a collectively inept and lazy performance from the United side on Sunday afternoon, there were some particularly notable horrific performances from individuals in the team that continue to cost their side in crucial games, with Victor Lindelof a repeat offender for poor defensive displays this season.

Harry Maguire is usually the first to take the heat when it comes to poor defensive performances from Manchester United, but Lindelof was absolutely awful and far worse in comparison to his centre-back partner.

The Swedish flop who “can be bullied” according to Paul Scholes, lost every single one of his ground and aerial duels against Manchester City, as well as failing to make a single interception or tackle throughout the game.

He also made no attempts to progress the ball with no dribbles attempted over 90 minutes and with that being said it is no wonder that he was the worst rated player on the entire pitch (5.9) according to SofaScore. Yes, that’s right, even worse than the club captain.

Ultimately this complete lack of defensive presence and general effort throughout the game tells part of the story to exactly why the Red Devils struggled to hold off Manchester City’s battering on Sunday.

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These statistics really reflect further onto the ongoing wider issues at the club, with many players failing to make an effort, especially when the team only had 8% possession of the ball for the last 15 minutes of the derby clash.

Rangnick needs to make some very quick and significant changes if this squad has any chance whatsoever of securing Champions League football next season, and that starts with axing Lindelof.

Not doing so, and continuing to drop points could seriously hinder the attraction of the managerial role opening at the club this summer, by limiting the prospects that any newly appointed coach will have the opportunity to work with next season.

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