Who would be the best defensive partner for Matthijs de Ligt?

Could Chris Smalling and the Dutch star be the ideal centre-back pairing?

Posted by Tom Bodell

Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona tackled by Chris Smalling of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: 10th April 2019. Picture credit should read: Darren Staples/Sportimage via PA Images

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The transfer window is open and the rumour mill has started, with Manchester United being linked to Ajax star centre-back Matthijs de Ligt.

The 20-year-old Dutch international could be on his way to Old Trafford this summer, but which of the Red Devils’ current defenders would be best placed to partner him in the United rearguard?

Here are a few of the options that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be considering ahead of the 2019/20 season.

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