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Victor Lindelof: Why the Manchester United Defender Deserves a New Contract at Old Trafford

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?Manchester United have had their fair share of defensive difficulties, experimenting with endless centre back combinations since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from football management way back in 2010.

But United look like they might have finally found the answer since signing Victor Lindelof from Benfica for €35m in 2017.

Extending Lindelof's contract isn't exactly urgent, with the deal expiring in the summer of 2021, but the club should certainly consider tying him down to a new deal sooner rather than later, creating some assurance that he and ?Maguire will be the first choice pairing for years to come.

The ex-Leicester centre half signed for Manchester United for £80m towards the end of the transfer window this summer, outdoing the £75m fierce rivals Liverpool wisely spent on recent PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk.

It's about time the ?Red Devils formed their first solid back line since the Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand days, and signing Lindelof to a new contract would play a significant role in that finally happening.

When it comes to central defenders, it's so often the case that you're only as good as the defender playing alongside you, and that's been evident when Lindelof has partnered Jones or Smalling, who clearly haven't been strong enough for some time now.

But since settling into his new home, the Sweden international is the only defender to show any sort of consistency, establishing himself as a regular, particularly under new head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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