Former Manchester United defender Mike Duxbury says that he has been encouraged to see his old club pick up points despite their injury problems.
Duxbury is yet to be totally convinced by the Reds’ form but is looking at it positively.
“All of a sudden, United seem to have just crept into fourth place. Recently they’ve picked up some good points… in the first half against Arsenal I must admit that I thought that they were on top, but it was pleasantly surprising to see us get the result,” Duxbury exclusively told RetroUnited.com. “You would expect United to beat Hull but they’re not exactly firing on all cylinders… maybe that’s to do with the injuries. Or maybe the manager just needs time.”
The general consensus seems to be that United are blessed with an embarrassment of riches going forward but Duxbury isn’t so sure.
“There are still concerns over some of the forward players. Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao haven’t completely convinced, but, like most other people would say, I’m not sure we’re sorted defensively,” admits Duxbury. “Injuries or not, I don’t think we have the best defenders, there’s no leader like a Stam or a Bruce in there. Vidic was probably the last one, but despite the rumours linking him with a move back, I’d have to say a return wouldn’t work in my opinion.”
Nemanja Vidic has struggled at Inter Milan since his free transfer move in the summer and recently reports have even suggested United may move to re-sign their former captain.
The Reds continue their Premier League program tonight with a visit to Southampton.
We will have another exclusive contribution from Mike Duxbury later in the week as we look ahead to United’s game with famous rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.