MANCHESTER UNITED would benefit from having Virgil van Dijk in defence, admits Gary Neville.
Jose Mourinho has experienced plenty of problems with his backline this season.
His favoured central pairing in recent weeks has been Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof, but the duo are hardly error-proof.
And his back-up options Phil Jones and Eric Bailly have fallen out of favour with The Special One, with the latter last getting a runout in the Newcastle 3-2 comeback victory last month.
The 55-year-old was desperate to land a new centre-back in the summer, with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng mooted.
However, United chiefs were reluctant to fork out top dollar for another centre-back having already bought Lindelof and Bailly the seasons before.
It has led to the former Chelsea boss becoming hugely infuriated, and those frustrations have been evident on the pitch.
United have suffered from several poor performances this season already, losing to Brighton, West Ham and Derby.
They are currently on a run of two wins in seven games and anything other than a win today will crank the pressure up on the Portuguese coach even more.
The Red Devils take on Bournemouth in the lunch-time kick-off at the Vitality Stadium, with Eddie Howe’s men flying high in sixth.
United are three points behind but even a win would probably not be enough to leapfrog the Cherries, who have a superior goal difference.
A reason for the Old Trafford’s poor season has been their woeful defence, with United conceding the fifth-most goals in the league this year behind the likes of Fulham, Cardiff, Huddersfield and Burnley.
Former United defender Neville was a part of some formidable backlines, including Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand.
And he has had his say on what centre-backs he would bring to the club if he was in charge.
He was asked on Twitter: “If you could pick a defender for Utd from current market, who would it be?”
And he replied: “Ramos or Van Dijk.”
The Liverpool defender has been incredible since arriving in January for £70m, and is a major reason for the Reds’ Premier League title surge.
They used to be shaky at the back but his pairing with Joe Gomez looks rock-solid and more than capable on the ball as well.