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Revealed: Erik ten Hag’s plan for Manchester United centre-backs going forward

An insight into how Manchester United will use their four senior centre-backs this season has been provided.


Manchester United currently have Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez as senior central defenders with Eric Bailly set for a Marseille switch.

Maguire and Lindelof spent the majority of 2021/22 as United’s main centre-back duo, in part due to Varane’s inability to stay fit.

However, with Martinez now on United’s books and Maguire not looking at his best in the opening two games of the season, that looked set to change.

Martinez and Varane started and impressed on Monday as United earned a huge 2-1 win over Liverpool. As result, it was expected that said duo, barring injuries, would continue on as the Red Devils’ main centre-back pairing.

This is not great news for Maguire, nor England, with a World Cup round the corner and Maguire, whether fans like to admit it or not, hugely important to Gareth Southgate’s side.

Now though, it appears as though Harry Maguire will still earn some minutes this season as, according to the Telegraph, Erik ten Hag has told the aforementioned quartet that they will be operating on a rotation policy this season:

“Telegraph Sport understands that United’s four leading centre-backs have recently been told by Ten Hag that he will be operating a rotation policy this season and, for Maguire, that meant being dropped for the stunning 2-1 win over Liverpool when Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane excelled in his absence.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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