Gary Neville’s take on Victor Lindelof partnering Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk

Gary Neville has outlined Victor Lindelof as Harry Maguire’s biggest problem and Harry Maguire as Victor Lindelof’s biggest problem at Manchester United.

The Sweden and England internationals have been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first choice defensive pairing for the majority of the current season – but are yet to fully convince Neville.

The Premier League winning former defender believes that the styles of the centre-backs have been clashing, and brought up the talents of Liverpool hero Virgil van Dijk.

Neville believes that not only would Lindelof be suited to playing alongside the Dutchman, but that they would make a great pair at either Old Trafford or Anfield.

Neville told Sky Sports: “Victor Lindelof's problem is Harry Maguire and Maguire's problem is Lindelof.

"I think if you put Lindelof alongside Van Dijk at Liverpool, he's a fantastic player, I think he's a really good player. He understands the game, he reads the game,

“If he was alongside a Rio Ferdinand or a Virgil van Dijk, I think they would make a great pair.

"The problem is he's alongside someone who isn't the most mobile in Harry Maguire. That's the problem he's got, as they're going to find someone who can play alongside Maguire because they invested £80m in him."

Neville added: "I actually think Lindelof is a really good player and if Liverpool were looking for a centre-back pairing, I think he would do a really good job alongside Virgil van Dijk.

"The problem is I don't think he does a great job alongside Maguire, because they both drop back and they've got to get up the pitch more."

Neville stated during the draw against West Brom that United players had ignored the advice of their manager by saying: “I watched Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talk about his defenders pushing up the pitch in his pre-match interview, well that was exactly the opposite.

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  • “West Brom were always going to put pressure on the United defence and put the ball into the box as early as possible.

    “They don’t shift, Lindelof, Maguire, I said it two or three weeks ago, if you don’t shift the two or three yards when the ball goes back then you’re going to end up on top of your goalkeeper.

    “It’s a brilliant ball in, Mbaye Diagne attacks it really well and he mauls Lindelof and heads it brilliantly past De Gea.”

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