Burnley defeat underlines lack of United defensive cover

Perhaps Burnley where somewhat fortuitous in the nature of their 1-0 win over Manchester United at Turf Moor last night.

Robbie Blake’s fine volley stole all three points for the home side but if the Red Devils converted their chances – including a Michael Carrick penalty – they would not have returned to Old Trafford empty handed.

For the majority of the transfer window Utd have been pursuing replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo and Cralos Tevez but perhaps they should be looking for acquisitions further back.

Even though United were on for an unprecedented quintuple last season they looked less than assured in defence when they were without Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic through injury.

Last night, with a rusty Wes Brown and Jonny Evans at the heart of their usually solid defence, they always looked as if they might concede a goal.

Rafael and Fabio da Silva will ensure that United have plenty in reserve at full back but their lack of quality centre backs could prove to be a headache – especially if Ferdinand and Vidic do not remain fit for the entire season.

With 11 days left in the transfer window, Sir Alex Ferguson may have to go back to the market to secure one high quality central defender.

After all, Utd will face much sterner away tests between now and May.