So as the pursuit of Harry Maguire appears to finally inch towards its conclusion, one group of players at Manchester United who will certainly be watching on with eager eyes are the club’s centre-backs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted last month that there was a “limit of players” and indicated that his squad would have to be trimmed down as he targeted new signings to bolster his side.
Now, Manchester Evening News claim that should the Red Devils finalise a deal to sign Maguire before the end of the transfer window, the club would be open to selling to Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo.
After hearing that the duo could find themselves out the exit door at Old Trafford, United fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the matter.
Some supporters of the Manchester side revealed their relief that the defensive pair could be moved out of the club and insisted that they simply aren’t good enough.
Others however questioned how fellow centre-back Phil Jones was not up for sale, and declared that despite his flaws, Smalling is still a better defender than his fellow Englishman.
Check out some of the reaction of United fans below:
Jones needs to be sold before Smalling
— George (@UtdFIair) August 2, 2019
Chris Smalling is not good enough for Manchester United but he is far better than Phil Jones.
— adem (was icymartial) (@utdadem) August 2, 2019
As much as I don’t want smalling why are we selling him before Jones
— AWB x MUFC (@GeorgeCullen15) August 2, 2019
SELL SELL SELL
— Umer عمر (@PrimeDarmian) August 2, 2019
Rather keep Rojo and sell Jones
— Joey Logan (@Logando_5) August 2, 2019
Every Manchester United’s supporter prayer.
— Travor Ug (@the_travor_guy) August 2, 2019
— Jemma (@jemmautd20) August 2, 2019
How awesome that would be.
— Niall (@mucky1978) August 2, 2019