New Man Utd record shows that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer priority is wise

Manchester United suffered their second Old Trafford defeat in 48 hours as Liverpool ran out 4-2 winners on Thursday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were only hours removed from the 2-1 loss vs Leicester as defensive frailties were exposed yet again.

United actually took the lead against their bitter rivals when Bruno Fernandes’ goal-bound effort was deflected in off Nat Phillips.

But an equaliser from Diogo Jota, followed by a quick-fire double from Bobby Firmino either side of half-time gave the visitors a commanding lead.

Marcus Rashford got United back into the game, but Mohamed Salah’s stoppage-time strike ensured it would be Liverpool picking up all three points in the rearranged fixture.

It was more defensive woes for United, who in the absence of captain Harry Maguire were at sixes and sevens for much of the evening.

Maguire was in the stands barking orders at his struggling teammates, but failed to exert the kind of influence he has when he is actually on the pitch.

The four goals conceded against Jurgen Klopp's outfit means they have now shipped 27 home goals this term, the third highest total in the Premier League.

It also marks the highest number of goals they have conceded at Old Trafford since the 1971/72 season, showing the work Solskjaer has to do this summer.

A number of positions have been rumoured to be the United boss’ top priority, including centre-forward, right-sided forward and centre midfielder.

But finding a partner for Maguire appears to be No.1 after United’s latest collapse at the back.

The likes of Pau Torres and Jules Kounde have been linked and there is a belief Solskjaer would like to bring in a left-footed defender to play alongside the skipper.

United legend Gary Neville, as part of the commentary team for Sky Sports, described Maguire’s influence on the team as Roy Keane-like, with United ‘frantic’ in his absence.

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  • “I played with players at Manchester United, individual players, Roy Keane was one of them in the studio, that when they don’t play it unnerves a whole team,” he said during the closing minutes of the action.

    “The lack of presence of Harry Maguire in that defence is just obvious for all to see.

    “People will question, ‘how good really is Harry Maguire?’ But you only really see it when he’s not playing.

    “What we’re seeing tonight is a very frantic defence.”

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