Manchester’s season United start on Monday. and making final preparations for the opening game
Erik ten Hag wins Carabao Cup and earns Champions League qualification And helped to restore the relationship between fans and players in his first year at Old Trafford and is expected to improve even further in 2023/24.
Be part of a new series before the upcoming season. Manchester Evening News Get a look at each position in United’s squad and each player’s goals. And this article will take a deeper look at the centre-backs in the team.
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Here’s everything you need to know about the club’s defenders…
Where can he improve: Raphael Varane is an outstanding defender. But his possession and passing ability can be improved. After signing Onana, Ten Hag will insist on playing from the back this season. And Varan will have to learn to get used to the new system. He remains one of the best centre-backs in the league. And United were undoubtedly better when he started.
What are his main goals this season: Varane retired from international football last season over concerns about the number of games he played. He has struggled with injuries in recent years. And his main goal for this campaign is to stay fit. To make sure he can play his part, Varane was absent for 15 games last season. And his workload will have to be dealt with again.
How much will he play: In principle Varane would start every game, but Ten Hag carefully monitored the minutes of his first year in charge. and will use the same practice again The Frenchman is expected to start most of the league and Champions League games he has available. But the cup debut will give him the chance to rest.
Where can he improve: Lisandro Martinez inspired signings last summer The quality and mentality of centre-backs is the key to turning the club’s fortunes. And the only obvious improvement for him is winning more aerial duels. Martinez could stand little. 5ft 9in but that hasn’t stopped him from excelling in England.
What are his main goals this season: Martinez’s goal is to build on the performance from last season. He was considered by many to be a signing last summer. And his passing that breaks the line is crucial to the way the team plays. United can still keep the most clean sheets in the league. And it will be some success to end the season with that record again.
How much will he play: The 25-year-old’s consistent passing means he is the most important centre-back. And that was reflected in the number of starts he got. So he should play almost every game. except when the team has rotation
Where can he improve: Harry Maguire is on the verge of a move to West Ham and where he can improve soon is no longer an issue at Old Trafford, but if the deal breaks down and he remains at the club that is unlikely. He must eliminate mistakes and lack of concentration. Maguire still lacks the pace to succeed in the system Ten Hag wants to play.
What are his main goals this season: If Maguire is to stay at United after the summer His aim is to compete with first-choice defenders Varane and Martinez. And is a capable substitute when given the opportunity to play
How much will he play: Maguire made just eight league starts last season. And a move to West Ham should brighten up his career. He is still a useful player in the right system. And that’s proven by his performances in the England national team.
Where can he improve: Victor Lindelof has never been the most dominant center-back in the air. And he is often displaced from the top attackers. However, he has shown that he can perform at his best when he is at his best. Just like in the spring of last season But incorporating consistent performances from week to week always seemed to be a problem for him.
What are his main goals this season: Although Lindelof was the third choice centre-back for the majority of the campaign, But he lost that status for a short while. After the World Cup before the hijacking from Maguire He needs to cement himself as someone Ten Hag can rely on when Varane or Martinez aren’t available, which is bound to happen at some point.
How much will he play: Lindelöf will get a chance to compete in the cup. And those games will give him a chance to start over. It’s unlikely he’ll outsmart Varane or Martinez once they’re fit. But that must be his idea.
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