Manchester United have had problems in the right-back positions this season, with club captain Antonio Valencia set to leave and Ashley Young not performing as well as fans would like.

The club have endured a topsy turvy season so far, especially after the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as interim boss before being confirmed as permanent manager in March.

The Norwegian managed to sure things up at the back for United but the team are back in a slump – with plenty of United fans noting the right-back position as the club’s weakest.

Young has endured a torrid time in recent weeks, but Gary Neville doesn’t believe he deserves the criticism he’s getting.

Neville, who is arguably one of the best to play the position in Premier League history, believes there was one man at United who was perfect for the role, however.

“I thought when I left that Rafael Da Silva was perfect as a Manchester United full-back,” he said.

“He was tenacious, aggressive, decent on the ball, and he was sold. Maybe rightly so, I’m not sure.

“Ashley Young is not the person to start criticising at Manchester United; he’s been asked to play right back, left back, left wing back, right wing back.

“He’s doing it brilliantly well, but he’s not a right back!

“I think Antonio Valencia did well for two seasons but I think he was more of a right winger.”

Neville then went on to state that United needed to start thinking about the right-back spot the way other clubs, like rivals Manchester City, do.

“I don’t know why United have had such problems at right-back.

“You can’t keep signing full-backs for £15m. Over the past few years they’ve spent nearly £100m on five full-backs,” he added.

“City spent big on Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy.

“Maybe United would be better buying the correct full-back first time up for £40m or £50m and have them for seven years, because it’s cost them that much in the end trying different full-backs!”

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