United’s back line has been creaky this season, keeping just 2 clean sheets in 9 games this season and have already lost twice in the league.
Defensive injuries as well as Sir Alex’s decision to rotate his goalkeepers may have played a part in our inability to keep the ball out of our net, but Atkinson, who was in charge prior to Sir Alex, feels the lack of a ‘midfield destroyer’ is putting pressure on United’s defence.
Speaking to BBC Red Wednesday, the former manager said:
“When you look at them through the years, they’ve had a Bryan Robson, a Paul Ince or a Roy Keane.
“I think Fergie would love somebody like that to play in there now. Great players, but someone who will frighten the opposition a little bit when they’ve got the ball.
“There’s been a lot of criticism of the back four and maybe sometimes it’s because they haven’t got a midfield destroyer in front of them that puts the back four under more pressure.”