Manchester United given green light for South American superstar defender - to partner Matthijs De Ligt: report

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag looks on during the FA Cup semi-final with Coventry City,
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Manchester United are on the cusp of bringing Matthijs De Ligt to Old Trafford – and could end up partnering him with a €100 million superstar in their defence. 

Backline woes were a theme for Erik ten Hag last season, who was reduced to the bare bones when it came to defenders. Johnny Evans ended up making 23 appearances in the league for Manchester United – far more than Ten Hag anticipated – with Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw ruled out with long-term injuries.

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Mark White is the Digital Content Editor at FourFourTwo. During his time on the brand, Mark has written three cover features on Mikel Arteta, Martin Odegaard and the Invincibles, and has written pieces on subjects ranging from Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Barcelona to the career of Robinho. An encyclopedia of football trivia and collector of shirts, he first joined the team back in 2020 as a staff writer.