Date:4th October 2012 at 11:22am
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Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson feels United’s defensive frailty may be down to a lack of presence in the midfield.

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.”