Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly were tipped by some to be Manchester United’s centre-back pairing for years to come. Yet Jose Mourinho rarely trusted the duo together.
That was, in part, due to some shaky performances. However, Lindelof got over his poor start in impressive fashion, while Bailly’s talent is undeniable.
The latter fell out of favour under Mourinho, but new United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a decision to make.
Will he stick with Lindelof and the much-maligned Chris Smalling? Or will he give £30million signing (BBC) Bailly the chance to excel alongside the Swede?
Plenty of United fans will be hoping it is the second option and, with games coming think and fast, the partnership could be reignited.
While they never got going under Mourinho, there is plenty to suggest Lindelof and Bailly could still be the answer for United.
If they are given time to form an effective partnership, they could be the best centre-back pairing since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Solskjaer was brought in to add attacking flair. But a change in defence should be one of his first decisions.