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The potential arrival of two players at Man United could spell the end for Harry Maguire

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire could be shown the exit door if they sign Matthijs de Ligt and Jarrad Branthwaite.

Man United’s defensive line is on the brink of a major overhaul. Raphael Varane’s departure has left a glaring hole in the backline.

The Red Devils have set their sights on recruiting De Ligt and Branthwaite.

The Dutch international has been a long-term target for several elite European clubs.

Erik ten Hag and De Ligt achieved great success during their stay at Ajax between 2017 and 2019. Ten Hag made him the captain as a teenager.

They won a stunning domestic double and had an unforgettable Champions League run together.

Branthwaite is a promising young English defender and is United’s top defensive target. His arrival could be a massive boost for the club as he could become a superstar in the future.

Lisandro Martinez is undoubtedly the first-choice defender when he is fully fit.


It would be a face-off between Branthwaite and De Ligt for the right centre-back spot. If Martinez gets injured, Branthwaite could occupy the left centre-back role.

Maguire would drop down the pecking order if both defenders are signed this summer.

The England international revived his Old Trafford career last season. He joined United for £73 million in 2019.

He was stripped of the captaincy and started the 2023/24 season as the fifth-choice centre-half.

However, he won back the manager’s support with his robust performances. He showed better ball progression and dominated aerial duels.

A potential influx of defensive talent could signal the end of his chapter with the Red Devils or at least limit his game time.

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