Manchester United’s defensive contingent have had a torrid time so far this season. Already, the Red Devils have conceded 14 times and have a negative goal difference with just eight Premier League matches played.
Jose Mourinho has come under pressure at Old Trafford as his attempts to sure up his rearguard have appeared increasingly desperate. So far, all of Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have been utilised at centre-back.
Actual centre-backs such as Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have fared no better at the back. Last time out, Bailly was humiliated by his manager after being hauled off against Newcastle United with his side 2-0 down with less than 20 minutes played.
With a visit to Stamford Bridge coming on Saturday, the Portuguese coach must ensure that his defence is improved, as the in-form Eden Hazard is unlikely to be in a merciful mood.
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Mourinho ought to back the experience of Chris Smalling to martial his defence, with Bailly alongside him providing pace and power.
What do you think, United fans – who should be the centre-back pairing to face the Blues?