England Star Could Improve Man United Defence But Only At The Right Price

After being linked with pretty much every top central defender in the world, Manchester United are once again rumoured to be making advances to the centre-back that they wanted last summer, Leicester City’s Harry MaGuire.

In a lot of ways capturing Maguire would make a lot of sense for United.

He’s in his mid-twenties, he is a commanding centre-half and he’s English. Man United are known to be a Premier League club that value British talent highly.

Harry had a terrific World Cup campaign and is an accomplished campaigner in England’s top flight. I don’t think it would take him long to bed in at Old Trafford.

He’s also the type of centre-back that would come in and impress alongside either of Man Utd’s more consistent central defenders; Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling.

Swedish international Lindelof has finally come into his own at United this season. The twenty-four year old is a smart defender, who offers pace at the back and is efficient with his passing. The Scandinavian has started regularly this term and has been extremely impressive since the turn of the year. He could form a Nemanja Vidic/Rio Ferdinand type defensive partnership with the taller, stronger Maguire (If United were to sign the Foxes defender).

Harry has also shown at Leicester City that he can work well with more experienced partners. Smalling could offer that type of quality in a potential partnership with Maguire.

This season Maguire has won around 3.8 aerial duels per Premier League outing, he’s also averaging 1 tackle per game, 1.3 interceptions and 4.8 clearances. He has enjoyed a passing success rate of 84.5% and has scored three goals (From Whoscored).

Last summer England boss Gareth Southgate praised Harry Maguire for his superior aerial ability (Source – Talksport):

“Maguire has been a giant in both boxes right throughout the tournament,”

“He’s getting his bonce on everything, isn’t he? We’ve scored set-play goals because of him up to this point and today he’s got the one he deserved.

The six foot four defender would give Man United a dominant presence at the back.

If interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to get the Man Utd job on a permanent basis and wants to stick to the theme of buying British that his mentor and legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson favoured, then signing Harry Maguire would be a welcome new addition.

But there could be s huge sticking point. According to the Leicester Mercury, Manchester United have been quoted a price of £90m for Maguire.

For me, that is too big a fee. England international Harry Maguire still hasn’t proven himself in the Champions League nor has he won major trophies.

At £90m, Maguire would be classed as the world’s most expensive centre-back and I just don’t think that’s right!

If I were the Man United hierarchy then I’d be trying to sign the defender for a fee of around £65m.

One Response to “England Star Could Improve Man United Defence But Only At The Right Price”

  1. Its £90m or we don’t sell!
    15% sell on clause with Hull.
    Harry signed a 5 year contract at City with no release clause in June 2018.
    Looks like he is staying at the KP then.

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