Man Utd’s best centre-back pairings after new Lisandro Martinez injury

Man Utd’s best centre-back pairings after new Lisandro Martinez injury

Manchester United’s 3-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday was filled with positives.

Rasmus Hojlund found the back of the net for the fourth time in five Premier League games – he’d previously gone 14 without a goal – and Alejandro Garnacho netted a brace to continue his fine run of form on the right wing.

But such is life at Old Trafford right now, manager Erik ten Hag can never fully have things his own way.

Just three games into his Premier League return, Lisandro Martinez was on the deck clutching his knee once more, sparking fears he’d picked another serious injury. And while the news on the Argentine is not good, it could have been worse.

Yes, Martinez will be sidelined once more with a sprained collateral ligament, but that doesn’t mean his season is over. Far from it, United still have faith that he’ll be fit and able to assist the Red Devils for the run-in, when the club hope to be in a position to challenge for the top four.

For now, it’s back to the drawing board for Ten Hag, working out his best defensive partnership to take United through the upcoming games. Here’s 90min’s ranking of his six best courses of action…

Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire

Lindelof and Maguire isn’t the preferred option / Pool/GettyImages

5. Raphael Varane & Jonny Evans

Raphael Varane, Jonny Evans

Varane and Evans paired together in the win over Burnley / Matt McNulty/GettyImages

Harry Maguire, Jonny Evans

Maguire and Evans were torn apart by Manchester City / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

3. Raphael Varane & Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw, Mason Mount, Raphaël Varane, Lisandro Martínez

Varane and Shaw in pre-season / Visionhaus/GettyImages

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Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

Maguire and Shaw have a good understanding / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

1. Harry Maguire & Raphael Varane

Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire

Pairing Maguire with Varane seems the most obvious solution / Lewis Storey/GettyImages

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