Danny Murphy singled out Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro as two players who have to improve defensively for Manchester United.

United made a terrible start against Nottingham Forest and were two-nil down at Old Trafford within four minutes. Both goals were avoidable and symptomatic of the poor start to the season United have made.

They eventually fought back to win 3-2 but the defensive work of Martinez and Casemiro, two of United’s best performers last year, concerned Murphy. Analysing the chances Forest created, he highlighted their drop in performance.

“It’s poor set-up and they find themselves one-nil down,” Murphy said. “This one is lucky how it comes off Boly but Wan-Bissaka is the wrong way, Casemiro doesn’t jump and Dalot loses his man at the back too.

“They had to chase the game but they didn’t defend and they weren’t disciplined. Gibbs-White runs past Martinez and Casemiro, their reactions are really poor and if they were more calm it could be 3-1. They get away with it.

“Eriksen, it’s too easy to beat him and he’s in-behind. Nobody spots the danger and they could be 3-1 down to Forest at home. The only reasons they’re not is because the shot hits his man.

“They’re now winning the game and Casemiro isn’t discplined, he dives in. Martinez gets the wrong side and the goalkeeper saves him.

“Although there were some positives, they are too easy to play against and some of it is so easy to fix.”

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