One of the problems of Manchester United this season has been their leaky defense. Harry Maguire has not led the defense well this season.

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The former Leicester man has been heavily criticized by fans and pundits for his positioning, and his poor marking skills.

Manchester United signed Harry Maguire for €80M from Leicester and shortly after he was named the club’s captain. However, due to his form and performances, Manchester United fans are clamoring for the club to sign a better defensive leader. Fans want a leader in defense who sets good examples on the pitch for other players.

Defensive Leaders Manchester United can sign to replace Maguire if his poor form continues

  • 1- Matthias Ginter
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The former Borussia Dortmund defender has been leading Monchengladbach’s defense for many years now.

The German international is a mature defender who is very calm in high-pressure situations.

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Ginter is experienced and is also a very good ball-playing defender. Ginter is very good aerially and will make Manchester United’s defense stronger when partnered with an experienced and calm presence like Varane.

Matthias Ginter`s price tag is €24M according to Transfermkt.

The German’s contract will also expire at the end of this season, So Manchester United can get him on a free if they can convince him to join. Ralf Rangnick can also use his German links to help get the deal over the line.


  • 2 Milan Skriniar

The big Slovakian defender has also evolved into one of the very best defenders in the World at Inter Milan.

It will be hard to convince Inter Milan to part with one of their most important players, but according to Transfermkt, with €65M, Manchester United could land the 27-year-old defender.

  • 3 Kalidou Koulibaly

Koulibaly is 30 years old now but that doesn’t matter for players who can organize defense like the Senegalese.

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Manchester United chased Kalidou Koulibaly for many months before signing Harry Maguire. Koulibaly`s price tag stopped Manchester United from making a move years ago.

However, United can still sign the Senegalese now. His price tag has substantially reduced because of his age and Koulibaly still has some good years in him for sure. Koulibaly`s price tag is at €45M.

Koulibaly needs no introduction to football fans. The Napoli defender recently led his national team to AFCON glory and that shows how good he is.

Attack wins you games, but defense wins you titles- Sir Alex Ferguson. 

If Manchester United are to break their five-year trophy drought, they will need to make their defense reliable and that starts with having a fantastic and reliable leader in defense.