The recent defeat of Manchester United at Anfield has raised a flurry of questions and concerns amongst the club's supporters and football pundits alike. The match brought to the forefront an issue that has been looming over Manchester United for some time now - the center-back position.
During the game, the team captain, who usually marshals the defense with his leadership skills and defensive prowess, was unable to make a significant contribution. Moreover, Harry Maguire, who was bought by the club in 2019 for a staggering fee of £80 million, was not included in Erik ten Hag's plans. This situation highlights the depth of the squad at the center-back position, but it is not a sustainable scenario in the long term.
Erik ten Hag, the coach of Manchester United, may have observed some concerning aspects of Raphael Varane's performance during the game at Anfield. Although Varane is a world-class defender with a wealth of experience, he has not been able to establish himself as the leader of the Manchester United defense. Additionally, there have been instances where he has been caught out of position or has made a costly error. Although he may consider replacing the French center-back, it is apparent that he does not view Maguire as an improvement.
As the summer transfer window approaches, it is expected that Manchester United will address their defensive concerns. Erik ten Hag will likely cash in on Maguire and utilize the funds to sign a promising young center-back who can consistently compete with Varane. This move would add much-needed depth to the squad, giving Manchester United the flexibility to rotate their center-back pairing and rest players when necessary.
The recent defeat at Anfield has highlighted the need for Manchester United to strengthen their center-back position. Although the squad has depth, the current situation is unsustainable, and a long-term solution is required. It remains to be seen who Manchester United will sign, but the club's supporters will be hoping that a quality defender will arrive at Old Trafford in the summer.
Content created and supplied by: Leftfootvolley (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More