Former England defender Gary Neville believes Manchester United fullbacks Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles will get ‘exposed’ under Ralf Rangnick.
Both fullbacks have started for Man United in their last two Premier League matches and enjoyed tight wins but two clean sheets.
The Red Devils needed a second-half penalty effort from Cristiano Ronaldo to get the job done at Norwich City on Saturday evening.
United were forced to rely on their defence resilience after their frontline failed to pose as threats regularly on Norwich’s backline, hence the reason David de Gea was called upon to make another solid performance.
Gary Neville believes United’s fullbacks will struggle to shine if they come up against the Premier League big guns and predicts United will be in trouble if they replicate the Norwich performance at Brentford.
‘It wasn’t a good performance,’ Neville told Sky Sports.
‘Against any other team in the league that would have caused them problems. If they go to Brentford and play like that they’re in trouble. He’ll take that week all day long, two 1-0 wins.
‘It was Norwich’s lack of quality. Today I thought that any other team in the league that had any sort of quality about them would have caused real problems.
‘The one thing that Ralf Rangnick had to try and fix first was the defensive problems, and make them tougher to play against. I don’t think they were tough to play against today.
‘The big mystery of today for me is why Manchester United were so lacking in energy. I thought they would be a lot better than that after having a free week to prepare. We’ll know a little bit more on Tuesday night.
‘Rangnick is still finding out about his players. I do think there will be a problem with this system when they play against a team with good full-backs who have got more quality. Dalot and Telles will basically get exposed.
‘Fernandes and Sancho won’t be able to get out in time by the time a Cancelo or a Robertson or an Alexander-Arnold are running down the wing. But they’ve got a few months before they play those types of players.
‘I think by then they would’ve changed things around a little bit, he’ll have got to know the players. I think it’s been a good start from the fact they’ve won both games, they needed to win games and build confidence in the new coach.’
Luke Shaw was an unused substitute against Norwich City. The England international provided the assist to United’s only goal against Young Boys on Wednesday night in the Champions League.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka also featured against the Switzerland giants but finished the game with an injury that ruled him out of the Norwich clash.
Both Wan-Bissaka and Shaw were regulars under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the pair haven’t started in the Premier League since Rangnick was announced as United’s interim manager.
This has happened as both fullbacks have been struggling with injury issues lately.
Ralf Rangnick would decide whether to bring Shaw back in the starting lineup against Brentford on Tuesday night. Wan-Bissaka’s availability will be revealed when the German boss gives his team news on Monday.