Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted his side must improve at the back if they are to claim the Premier League title.
United, who are 15/8 with bookmaker to win the league, were shaky defensively in their 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday and had to come from behind twice to secure a dramatic late win.
Robin van Persie grabbed a hat-trick after missing a penalty to ensure United took all three points but Ferguson is well aware he can’t be relied upon to save his side in every match.
“I think it is an important issue, there’s no question,” admitted the United chief.
“I think throughout the years we’ve had two centre-backs playing regularly that impacts on the whole team, right from Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister, to Jaap Stam and Ronny Johnsen.
“Last season when we had Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand for a long period our performance was at its best.”