Manchester United have outbid Manchester City in the race for Harry Maguire
Reports suggest that Man Utd have put a £70million bid in for Leicester City’s centre-back Harry Maguire, putting them a few feet forward ahead of their rivals in the battle for the 26-year-old’s signature.
Rumours regarding Maguire’s future have been ongoing for the past year, but have been appearing realistic in recent weeks. With the two potential suitors being narrowed down to the two Manchester teams; City and United.
In respect to their situation of each club, it is obvious that Manchester United are more in need of the services of Harry Maguire. Last season, Manchester City conceded only 23 goals whereas Manchester United conceded 54.
Apart from Maguire undoubtedly improving the defence and allowing Manchester United to concede fewer goals, here are two major impacts Harry Maguire would have at Old Trafford…
Manchester United currently rely on Chris Smalling to attack the ball with his head, his current aerial duel success rate in the Premier League stands at 63%, as opposed to Harry Maguire’s 68%. Victor Lindelof has become a fan favourite after asserting himself in the starting 11 over last season, and having Maguire next to him can make up for his slight lack in aerial ability.
Playing from the back
Last season in the Premier League, Lindelof was United’s ball playing defender, making an average of 50 passes per match, 10 more than Chris Smalling. Harry Maguire however, averaged 56.
By having Lindelof who can pass, recover and has much better-tackling statistics than his partner Smalling, next to Harry Maguire who made 191 accurate long balls last season. Manchester United can do what they do best and recover the ball in their own half and send their pacey forwards off for the counter-attack.