Manchester United are assembling a world-class defense again with three players in the transfer window – Samuel Lockhurst
Manchester United set a unique barometer of what constitutes a world-class footballer with 2008 Champions League The winners. Edwin van der Sar, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, and Patrice Evra, juniors in Moscow, also lined up in the final classes of 2009 and 2011 by Barcelona.
Ferdinand He was an underdog center back between 2006 and 2008, and a run was interrupted due to a back injury. His partnership with Vidic was peerless but Fidik Ironically, he improved without Ferdinand in 2008-09, when he was awarded the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, a tough statue like the Serbian. “He came from Serbia, he’s going to kill ya,” the cheering went.
The second half of Evra’s eight-year football career didn’t reach the peak of his first career, but it was a throwback bargain for the eras of Schmeichel, Kanchelskis, Cantona and Kane. United paid £12.5m for Evra and Vidic (Phil Jones alone cost £4m) and both were armbands par excellence.
Louis van Gaal wanted to keep Evra mentoring Luke Shaw, and seven years after Evra bid farewell to his United teammates in Beverly Hills, Shaw had reached the level at which Evra had worked for several years. Harry Maguire is United’s first world-class centre-back since Vidic a decade ago, and Raphael Varane is expected to be the second.
Maguire-Varane is just a full partnership. There were no gaps in the shield, and Maguire’s recent appearance started alongside the more athletic Eric Bailly. It is no coincidence that United are chasing Varane, having considered Pau Torres – who scored the fastest centre-back in La Liga – after two years of plunging Victor Lindelof.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amassed four clear-cut backs with a £130m investment in Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in 2019. Manchester City and Liverpool have already spent heavily on full-backs and centre-backs, and United have moved into play for a year as well. Late. They weren’t in a strong buying position and the summer was transitional.
United suffered their worst defensive season in the top flight in 2018-2019 and it was always inevitable that Maguire would have an impact, but that rebound only lasted one season. United scored eight more league goals in the 2020-2021 season – more than eighth-placed Arsenal.
Solskjaer enjoys a world-class right-back at Wan-Bissaka, but has developed a mild case of Season 2 Syndrome. Opponents aimed his hesitating defense at the far corner, and despite the high numbers of attackers, they were not a reliable measure of his reticence.
Bury-born Kieran Trippier hopes to join his boyhood club for one last movie job: Manchester come home to make United champions once again. Trippier is a La Liga title winner and a Champions League and European Championship finalist who comfortably maintains his place in the England squad. No wonder he doesn’t intend to play backup with the uncovered Wan-Bissaka.
Mauricio Pochettino was optimistic that Kyle Walker would be allowed to leave for City in 2017 because he already had Trippier. Prior to this, Trippier was popular with Burnley’s players and staff, with his character widely praised. As the characters go, Trippier is the polar opposite of the quiet Wan-Bissaka, one of the few footballers who isn’t heard with closed revolving doors.
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United’s defensive cover is stable, if not excellent, and they could finish the window with two back quarters from international players. They’ll have the experience to switch to three defenses with Trippier, a more natural full-back than limited Wan-Bissaka. The climax of Alex Telles’ short career with United was with Luke Shaw inside by his side on his debut at PSG.
During United’s three-goal win in the late 2000s, he scored 27 goals in 2006-07, 22 in 2007-08 and 24 in 2008-09. Since then, they are only under 30 to score goals against them in the 2009-10 season and two full seasons for Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho would have liked Varane and wanted Maguire.