Harry Maguire arriving at Old Trafford has ushered in a new era of Manchester United defenders – one where Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, and Phil Jones will unlikely feature.
We think it’s fair to say that United are currently experiencing a sticky patch in defence. Their only clean sheet so far this season came against Chelsea in the opening match, which was a dubious one in itself, and they’ve since conceded four times in three matches – once against Wolverhampton Wanderers, twice against Crystal Palace, and another against Southampton at weekend. Good enough? Not even close.
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It’s times like these that make us all look back and admire the guardians that once stood at the heart of United’s success: Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Often considered one of the greatest partnerships to ever grace the English game, the pair have set a benchmark from which every future unit will be feverously compared. As it stands, we’re yet to see any electorates come close (not that we’re surprised).
Maguire and Victor Lindelof appear to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s chosen ones, having featured in every one of the Norwegian’s line-ups this term, and currently find themselves in a global vetting process. Are they the ones to restore glory back to Old Trafford, to replicate Ferdinand and Vidic, and create a defensive dynasty for years to come? Only time will tell.
…time, and a bit of harmless predicting from Ferdinand:
“I’d love them to be somewhere near as good, but it will be difficult…” ?
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 2, 2019