Why Manchester United must beat Liverpool to the signature of Harry Maguire
Manchester United have so far been busy in the transfer market, signing the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot. Jose Mourinho will be itching to make a strong comeback next season after the club failed to challenge Manchester City for the league this season.
The Red Devils endured a largely frustrating campaign with lots of ups and downs in their journey. A second-place finish was all the club could muster.
Mourinho seems like he’s not yet done with his business in the market and the club are reportedly interested in signing Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.
The centre-back’s impressive performances in the Premier League and the World Cup have seen him get linked with arch-rivals Liverpool as well. The Reds are also in dire need of a new centre-back after the club’s defensive frailties were exposed last season.
Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has endured a stop-start career with the Reds so far, leading Jurgen Klopp to pursue another defender to partner up with Virgil Van Dijk.
Manchester United are also on the hunt for someone to replace out of favour defender Victor Lindelof. The Swede was signed only last year but hasn’t really enjoyed the best of seasons.
Harry Maguire played every single minute of Premier League football for the Foxes last season, scoring 2 goals and providing 4 assists. He has been a stalwart at the back for Leicester City.
The 25-year-old also scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist in 6 World Cup appearances. He was one of England’s standout performers in Russia.
Manchester United already possess two English defenders in Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Harry Maguire would be a great addition to that duo.
He’s tall, strong, agile and possesses all the best qualities of a good centre-back. The former Hull City man also poses a huge threat during set-pieces.
However, at present, it seems as though Liverpool are the ones who look more desperate for a new central defender. Mourinho should certainly go for the centre-back who would further strengthen his backline.
Manchester United were fantastic at shutting up shop last season and with Maguire in their squad, it would probably take a miracle to breach their defence.