Man Utd told to pair Harry Maguire with Thiago Silva as Chelsea star backed for move

Former Liverpool center back Mark Lawrenson has advised Manchester United to hold onto Harry Maguire this summer in order to make a move for Thiago Silva, the leaving center back from Chelsea. After Silva’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires, he will be available on a free transfer, and Lawrenson thinks United should make an unexpected move for him.

Ten Hag is anticipated to strengthen his defense this summer, particularly in the center, a unit beset by injuries during a difficult campaign.

While Maguire and Victor Lindelof are approaching the last 12 months of their contracts, Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans are also scheduled to become free agents.

The two most established center backs are said to be Willy Kambwala and Lisandro Martinez, but the latter is 19 and having a breakthrough season while the former has struggled to stay healthy for more than a year.

Lawrenson believes United can’t afford to lose four senior centre-halves this summer and has called for Maguire to stay put.

“Manchester United should keep Harry Maguire,” Lawrenson explained to Paddy Power.

“They’ve got Lisandro Martínez to come back from injury, but there’s nothing guaranteed with him because he came back last time and got injured again, so he looks a little bit flimsy.”

Maguire’s primary flaw is his lack of speed, which has occasionally prevented Ten Hag from using the high line at Old Trafford.

As powerful as he was in the early going of his Chelsea career after signing in 2020, Silva, who turns 40 this year, has experienced the same problem.

Despite this, Lawrenson has continued to advocate for both players to play for United the following season, maybe in a new back three.

He said: “I could see Thiago Silva going to another Premier League team in the summer, but the only thing is that he needs to play in a back three. There are teams who play in a three and he’s shown that he can still play.

“I think there will be lots of Premier League teams who will be looking at him, even if it’s just for one year with an opportunity to extend if he’s still good enough.

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