By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:34 BST, 18 August 2019 | Updated: 22:38 BST, 18 August 2019
It can be no coincidence that shortly after Harry Maguire breezed through the doors at Old Trafford, talk began to swirl about a new contract for Victor Lindelof.
They are the latest central defensive pairing United have turned to in their interminable quest to replace the Rio Ferdinand-Nemanja Vidic axis.
United feel they have finally got it right and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has them down as his first-choice partnership.
The defensive pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof is what Man United have needed
Maguire, whose leadership qualities have already made an impact around the Carrington training ground, has come in on wages of around £200,000 a week. It would be prudent, therefore, for United to tie down Lindelof ahead of his peak years. Lindelof’s performances over the past year are certainly worthy of a hike in wages from his current £65,000 a week.
The players slotted in together seamlessly against Chelsea last week. They are young, Maguire is 26, Lindelof 25, and could be the bedrock for United for the next five or six seasons.
‘We’ve only played one game,’ warned Solskjaer. ‘We want the partnership to develop. I hope Victor and Harry don’t give me a reason to change. No injuries, suspensions or lack of concentration. They can both play, they read the game really well.’
On Maguire he added: ‘It’s great for any centre back to have that presence next to them. I’m sure Victor will enjoy that.’
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Maguire’s presence is