Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in for some criticism, with his team being labelled "softer than a muffin".
The Red Devils managed a second-place finish in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, but were unable to win silverware for a fourth straight season.
Former Spain U21 head coach Gabino Rodriguez has now claimed that the current United side is a reflection of its manager, and feels that goalkeeper David de Gea is suffering due to a poor defence.
"I always believe the team is a true reflection of the character of its coach. Look at the one led by Sir Alex Ferguson and that would show no mercy," Rodriguez told The Sun.
"Ole's team is softer than a muffin and David is suffering the consequences of the defensive frailties.
"You need to protect your best asset in the team, but there is just an uncontrolled mess between midfield and defence with gaps. Basically, Ole's team has a brutal defensive weakness. The two centre-backs are too slow, they are not commanding and other teams are well aware of it.
"The big problem is Solskjaer's tactical organisation. United's defensive deficiencies are undervaluing De Gea, and Ole just doesn't convince me. In the old days, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes not only dictated games, but did the dirty work and were the defensive backbone. In Ole's team, Edinson Cavani is the best defender!"
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