Manchester United has struggled severely in the defensive department from the start of the season.
The Red Devils allowed 57 goals against them during the 2021/22 season, and they concluded the season with no positive or negative goal differential.
They had a bad run, and the majority of the club’s defenders were chastised for the backline’s poor numbers and performance.
Manchester United will make many changes during the summer transfer window, including the arrival of Erik ten Hag, who is expected to make an immediate impact, particularly in defense.
Due to the ineffectiveness of Harry Maguire and the mediocrity and lack of consistency of Victor Lindelof, he will need to sign a central defender to build a partnership with Raphael Varane.
Ten Hag will make a few roster changes before the start of the 2022–2023 season.
Having said that, there is a Manchester United midfielder who has shown that he can play as a center defender.
Scott McTominay, a Scottish midfielder for Manchester United, was not very impressive throughout the previous season.
Jose Mourinho promoted the player, who is now 25, to the senior team squad, and he soon established himself as a valuable component of the group.
He can play as a center midfielder or a defensive midfielder, depending on the situation, and he frequently teams up with Fred Rodriguez.
McTominay also has the traits of a center defender, indicating that he has the potential to be a solid defender.
The 25-year-old Scot combines power and speed, as well as the ability to read the game, creativity, and defensive talents, all of which might help him become a competent center defender for Old Trafford.
Manchester United supporters and football analysts have urged that the star play in the center, but we’ll have to wait and watch how new manager Erik Ten Hag deploys him before making any conclusions.