Sunderland defender John O'shea is convinced that the Red Devils can make the top-four despite their defensive gloom.
Manchester United currently sit in 4th position after their home win over Everton at Old Trafford two weeks ago and Louis van Gaal has seen his side concede a total of 10 goals in his first seven Premier League clashes.
The Reds defeat to Leicester at the King Power stadium, which saw United concede five goals after taking the lead twice in the match showed the issues the Reds possess in defence but 33-year-old O`shea who spent 12-years at the Old Trafford believes United have the players to make the top four.
“No I don’t think so,” the Sunderland defender told talkSPORT:
“I think they've just been very unfortunate with injuries, and consistency for a back-four is very important.
“If Jonny Evans stays fit he’ll be crucial for them, he’s a very good player, he talks and organises the defence.
“If they're chopping and changing, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and the new signings as well, they can’t get a run of games together, and consistency is the key for any team aiming for the top-four.
O’Shea added: “A lot of people have been talking about the team’s experience as well, and with losing Rio [Ferdinand], Vida [Nemanja Vidic] and Patrice [Evra] it was always going to be tough for them this season.
“But it isn't a question of personnel, I think they have the players there to get to the top four, without a doubt, so once they get their defence sorted I sure they'll be fine.”