Unfortunately I think we have to persist with this partnership. They’re young and will improve but only with game time and coaching. We already know Jones and Smalling aren’t good enough. Rojo I think is just disabled now.
I can't see much point in continuing with that partnership. Whatever we do unless we get rid of them all and start again smalling has to start. I don't think I have ever seen smalling and Jones that bad.
I think he signed those 2 hoping one of the senior CBs at the club would step up and be good enough to lead they haven’t hence why he wanted to go for a 3rd. I think Rojo and Bailly formed a good partnership in the first season but Rojo hasn’t recovered from that ACL injury and why did he get a new deal?
Smalling seemed to be his favourite towards end of last season now he’s out of favour again.
Unpopular opinion but I’d actually stick with that defence, even though it was very poor today. Are they the best currently? probably not but I think they’re our most talented CBs and had poor games as did the others, they need a run in the team, they need to learn and improve. That midfield today should have passed Brighton off the park. Front 3 non-existent. We invited pressure on to the defence and they crumbled. This isn’t new for any of the 4/5 CBs we have. We cannot continue to keep changing the 2 centre backs. We change it enough due to injuries, we’ve picked 2 to start the season and we should stick with it. Smalling or Jones won’t change it. The only way we can change it is to play better all over the park so that we don’t put the defence under that pressure.
Gosh yesterday reminded me of the days when we had Blanc at the back, no-one had any confidence in him and that made the entire back four nervous and we were shipping goals like there was no tomorrow. I think Bailly made the rest of the back four nervous which caused mistakes. Was just an awful awful performance.
I know Smalling gets slated on here a fair bit but to be honest I think he is better than Bailly and Lindelof right now. He shouldn’t be a United starter but he’s probably the best we have right now. I would be willing to give Bailly and Lindelof another shot if they look like they could improve as a partnership but they both look so nervous. I think it should be Smalling and one other.
Bailly shouldn't start the next game. If Brighton was a one off then fair enough, but he's had a poor pre-season and a poor start to the season. He has made mistake after mistake, lacks football intelligence and he has shown minimal progress since his first few months.
Smalling should be a definite starter. He's criminally underrated and underappreciated.
I think we have to go with these two again it might not be the right thing to do but I think it has to be done we need to build a partnership if we change it after 1 bad game then we'll just be back into the merry go round situation where he changes it every game pick two and stick with them.
I do agree Smalling is being harshly done by as a result of that because despite his limitations he's probably our best defender in terms of consistency I think we need to give it one more go if it fails again change it after the international break.
Well if they have the same disaster against Spurs we really will be in trouble, Spurs have far more going forward than Brighton do. They are be going into the game with those performances in their heads, the pair of them, and one mistake could see them bath cave in. I think Smalling needs to come in for one of them.
Smalling and Lindelof would complement each other's weaknesses, however I do worry about Lindelof lack of physical attributes to be a centre back in the Premier League. Is he strong enough? Is he quick enough? Plus his heading ability is a weakness.