18th September, 2018.
The central defensive headache that has for sometime now plagued Manchester United may just have been solved.
That much seems to be the opinion of the Red Devil’s legend, Gary Neville who has backed Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof to shine for the team in that position.
Jose Mourinho had for sometime now identified that position as a serious headache zone for the team and had wanted to get in players during the last transfer window to handle the issue but that did not work out.
It is not a secret that he wanted players such as Toby Alderweireld and Macguire for that same reason but the management team could not meet his demands in this regard.
That naturally led to the shaky start of the season and the internal squabbles that followed.
The position in question has had different compositions of players this season in the bid to find the right pairing but as it stands at the moment, Neville has suggested Smalling and Lindelof can be the consistent pair.
That is not unconnected with the fact this particular pair were featured together in back to back matches against Burnley and Watford in which Manchester United were able to pick up all six points.
Gary Neville reportedly told Manchester Evening News:
“I said earlier there wasn’t an obvious pair amongst them and now Jose Mourinho has obviously settled by picking them again.
“I thought Chris (Smalling’s) goal (against Watford) was amazing and Lindelof needs a chance.
“United need to find out about him and yesterday will have been one of the more difficult, physical games for him to combat.”
It is thought in some quarters that fans would perhaps prefer an Eric Bailly and Victor pairing but it seems that will have to wait with Chris in fine form.
At least for now, Mourinho seems to have a found a solution to the problem in that section of the team, be it temporary or not, and it is not likely that he will want to make any changes to it until forced to do so by other circumstances such as injuries or suspensions.
He can only hope that this will continue to breed consistent, solid and winning performances until further notice.