Sir Alex Ferguson: United are fragile at the back

Posted on Oct 27 2014 - 8:13am by Staff Writer

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson feels that Louis van Gaal is struggling with his defensive options this season, calling them ‘fragile’.

Dutch boss Van Gaal has signed the likes of Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind to give his defence cover but the likes of Tyler Blackett and Chris Smalling have found it hard to adjust and take on the responsibilities left from the departing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

Whilst promoting his autobiography at the Theatre Royal in London, Sir Alex talked about United’s time under Van Gaal this season.

“It’s a little bit one step forward, two steps back,” the Scot, who stepped down in 2013, added of United’s season so far. “[It’s] looking at times like we are fragile at the back.”

Ferguson was also asked about his best signings when in charge of Man United and of course discussed Cristiano Ronaldo at length.

“Real Madrid and Arsenal were in for him too,” Ferguson recalled of Ronaldo. “I said we weren’t leaving until he was on the plane.

“The best signing was Carrington,” he remarked. “The training ground will be there for 100 years.”