It’s been a long time since Manchester United had a regular, reliable centre-back partnership. Both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left under David Moyes, and even the last couple of their years at United weren’t the most stable.
Players have come and gone, but now it seems that there’s a new partnership forming at Old Trafford.
Neither has had it easy in their time at United, but they’ve slowly become the first-choice pairing. Step forward: Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof.
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by Tom Bodell