United’s Premier League campaign got off to a poor start with a languid display at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blamed a lack of match sharpness for the defeat, but failed to single out Lindelof despite his error-strewn performance.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant, Steve McClaren, was less diplomatic when it came to his assessment of the Swedish defender and urged the Red Devils to bolster their back line in the transfer market.
‘They targeted Lindelof and I think Maguire is a bit cleverer and can cope and get in the right positions,’ McClaren told talkSPORT.
They went 1v1 behind him every time [Wilfried] Zaha, [Andros] Townsend, [Jeffrey] Schlupp and he couldn’t cope with it.
‘When you dominate possession and you’re playing in the opponent’s half there’s a lot of space in behind you, you’ve got to have pace.
‘They need that pace, that would be my priority looking at that team, please get somebody at the side of Maguire that has got pace because they couldn’t deal with 1v1s.’