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Lindelof's "problem" at Man Utd and why he'd benefit playing for Liverpool


Victor Lindelof is struggling at Manchester United because his centre-back partner Harry Maguire lacks mobility.

That’s according to Gary Neville, who reckons the Swede would be a better player at Liverpool, partnered with the speedy Virgil van Dijk.

Centre-back has been United’s weak spot this season, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the market for a new defender ahead of the summer window.

Maguire is a mainstay, given he is United’s captain and the club paid £80million for him, meaning Lindelof is facing uncertainty over his future.

The Swede has been criticised at times this season for struggling to keep opposition attacks at bay, but Neville doesn’t think the defender is entirely to blame.



Victor Lindelof is struggling at Manchester United
Victor Lindelof is struggling at Manchester United

“Victor Lindelof’s problem is Harry Maguire and Harry Maguire’s problem is Victor Lindelof,” Neville explained on Sky Sports.

“I think if you put Lindelof alongside Van Dijk at Liverpool… he’s a fantastic player, I think he’s a really good player. He understands the game, he reads the game, if he was alongside a Rio Ferdinand or a Virgil van Dijk, I think they would make a great pair.

“The problem is he’s alongside someone who isn’t the most mobile in Harry Maguire.

“That’s the problem he’s got because they’re going to find someone who can play alongside Maguire because they invested £80m in him.



Lindelof and his centre-back partner Harry Maguire
Lindelof and his centre-back partner Harry Maguire

“I actually think Lindelof is a really good player and if Liverpool were looking for a centre-back pairing, I think he would do a really good job at Liverpool alongside Virgil van Dijk.

“The problem is I don’t think he does a great job alongside Maguire because they both drop back and they’ve got to get up the pitch more.”





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