Center Back... Who do we go for?

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    Macern SeARcHeS iMagEs oF fO0tbAlLeRs bAllSaCkS

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    It seems that most agree with the need for a proper center back to partner Bailly in the future. With Lindelöf still being young and not quite ready yet, Smalling/Jones just not good enough and Rojo too inconsistent, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if United spend a decent amount to bring in a new center back in the summer.

    Who do we go for?

    Some candidates:
    David Luiz
    Sokratis Papastathopoulos
    Kamil Glik
    Kostas Manolas
    Kalidou Koulibaly
    Samuel Umtiti
    Ezequiel Garay
    José Giménez
    Mateo Musacchio
    Ömer Toprak
    Stefan De Vrij
    Jonathan Tah
    Eric Dier
    Daniele Rugani
    Matthijs De Ligt
    Lucas Hernández
    Alessio Romagnoli
    Harry Maguire
    Milan Škriniar


    I don’t watch that much football outside the Premier League, but from what I know, my personal preference would be Manolas or Koulibaly (if top tier players like Boateng aren’t available)

    @Damien or any other modmin, a poll with some of the main candidates would be greatly appreciated.
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    Inigo Martinez has just signed for Bilbao this week.
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    Macern SeARcHeS iMagEs oF fO0tbAlLeRs bAllSaCkS

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    I think natural fitness and injury proneness would be two very important factors to consider. Ideally we’d want someone who could play week in week out alongside Bailly and form a proper partnership. Rotating central defenders doesn’t seem like a very good idea to me.
    I’ll edit him out
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    Arbitrium Full Member

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    Lindelöf needs chucked in the team for a lengthy run of games. I’ve been quietly impressed by him, and think he’ll develop into a top drawer ball playing CB.
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    IAmAWinner New Member

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    I'm happy with Jones. Need the Jones-Bailly partnership back again.
    18 goals conceded in 25 games, I don't think Mourinho will buy a centre back.
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    ayushreddevil9 Full Member

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    Gimenez and romagnoli would be my picks
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    He seemed to be settling in then he took him out of the team. Not sure it did him any good.
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    I’m not happy with him. His weaknesses are exposed too often against decent opposition, and you can’t rely on him because he’s guaranteed to pick up injuries every now and then. There is a lack of consistency in the back four with him in the equation, and I think Mourinho should do something about that.
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    Koulibaly would be perfect. Very good defensively and on the ball. I'd have said Sokratis a couple of years ago but I don't think he's good enough anymore.
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    Harry Maguire.
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    Was Rojo injured on Wednesday? I'd have him over Smalling, paired with Jones, any day of the week.
    Rojo, at least, can bring the ball out of the back. Smalling can't even play a diagonal ball.
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    How is he on the ball or it is to go with Bailly?
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    Pay Barca 200m for him.. He is just out of this world good..
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    Good shout, I’ll add him to the list.
    Yeah he seemed to pick up some form. I don’t think he’s any worse than Smalling/Jones, though I don’t watch him in training every day. Ideally he should be someone to benefit from in big games when pressure is high, as he’s a lot better than Jones and Smalling when put under pressure.
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    He is very good on the ball, very surprising considering his frame and height.
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    He’s actually excellent on the ball. I think he’s too good for Leicester.
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    Signing yet another CB is extremely unlikely.
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    Maguire for me too. A tank that is incredible on the ball. Offer them Smalling + £10m.
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    We would have to sell someone, yeah, but I think it’s one of the areas in the squad that has a clear room for improvement. Having a defined and consistent center back partnership is underrated imo. Also I think one of the reasons why we don’t perform against the top teams in the league is that the service on the ball from our center backs has been atrocious. They don’t contribute much in the build-up phase and they aren’t comfortable at playing out from the back to maintain possession.
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    Great shout! I hear a lot of good things about him. Is he ready though? Will he go right into the team and raise the level? How is he on the ball?
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    That is exactly the problem we have had. Everytime we seem to have a partnership going one gets injured. Jones, inevitably, Bailly and Rojo have all had long spells out injured.
    You wonder what they would want for Maguire after they have dug their heels in with Mahrez?
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    Gimenez.

    One of Smalling or Jones can go, IMO the latter.
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    about to go into the last year of his contract isnt he? - so might actually not be a crazy price?

    That said we have a pretty good central defense so I dont see it as a priority

    But if we did buy somebody then surely we have to sell a couple of players as well as
    Bailly
    Jones
    Smalling
    Lindeloff
    Rojo
    Tuanzebe
    Blind
    TFM

    Is far too much cover if be buy somebody else
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    I really hope we dont sign another center back. We were poor at the back against Spurs but i think we've looked ok this season, signing yet another defender is a waste of resources which could be utilised better elsewhere
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    50-70 million? I honestly wouldn’t complain if we paid somewhere arond that. He’s PL proven, young, established, complete, consistent, not injury prone, etc etc. The fact that he’d instantly improve the level of build up from the back is another reason to sign him. He’d be great for games where we are put under pressure because he’s so good on the ball. Not to mention how well he compliments Bailly. Bailly isn’t the strongest in the air, but Maguire is. Maguire isn’t the quickest, but Bailly is. Them two together could grow into the best CB partnership in the league.
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    I’m not sure if it’s due to instructions or not, but Rojo’s literally just been smashing the ball up to Lukaku all season. I’m not sure why because he can obviously bring the ball out better than most of our centre backs.
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    Someone who plays LCB regularly, i think that is the most important thing when looking at potential candidates. Koulibaly and Maguire are good shouts.

    Even though i would like a new CB, it isn't anywhere near top priority.
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    Think Blind is a goner. He was quite happy to go in this window. If Jones or Smalling make any more errors then he might jetison one of them as well. It depends if he really wants to get the two kids into the squad or feels they still need more time on loan. It depends what Tuanzebe and TFM think is beneficial to them as well. Sit on their backside most of the time or actually play somewhere and learn from their mistakes.
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    His performances with Inter this year have been great, brilliant on the ball- I've seen him confident enough to make runs in midfield with it. Can score goals (3 so far in all comps. in comparison our current CBs have 2 between them this season).

    His success rate this season is 91.6%, passing being one of his best attributes, can throw long-balls on the wings as well as direct down the middle towards the #9.

    Edit: Two days ago his agent spoke to a Slovakian website and when asked about interest from Man Utd, Barcelona, Man City and Real Madrid he said that Inter turned down an offer between £52.5m to £57m from one of those clubs without specifying.

    From what I've seen this season I think he's ready to step up, especially if he carries on like this until the end. If it wasn't for Handanovic and Skriniar so many Inter draws would have turned in losses.
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    ayushreddevil9 Full Member

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    That's an average cover. Rojo and blind should be leaving. Lindelof hasn't proved anything yet.
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    Jonny Evans should be on the list. If rumours are to be believed he’s available for £3m shoud WBA go down.
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    Just play Lindeloff between now and the rest of the year. He offers us something different out of the back with his passing that none of our other center backs can do as well. Plus he needs a consistent run of games so we can honestly see if he will make the grade or not. I think personally he has performed well enough over his last few starts to justify given a solid run out.
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    suhaylah New Member

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    Smalling, Lindelof and Blind should be sold. Buy a class left CB and play Tuanzebe as CB next season in cup games.
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    Samuel Umtiti. Pay the clause.
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    Think Lindelof should have more chance than he has been given so far. Think Blind and Darmian will be gone. Both of whom can be CB's and fullbacks.
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    McGuire. I'd also keep Blind if we go 3 at the back more regularly. He is very good as the LCB in a back 3.
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    Don't think we need one. There are many more pressing issues.
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    Tbh, i personnally don't think Lindelof is suited to the premier league. He's not physical enough. I'd sell him but i'd expect Darmian and Blind or even Smalling to go before him.