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Two qualities Maguire will finally bring to Man Utd’s backline

Harry Maguire has completed his long-awaited move to Old Trafford. Here is how one man from Sheffield can fix Manchester United.

Harry Maguire has become the world’s most expensive defender after joining Man Utd from Leicester for a reported fee of £80million.

Fans of the great Red Devils have been keen on bringing in a new defender for many years, particularly after the frequent injuries of Eric Bailly.

Maguire was in the spotlight during England’s 2018 World Cup in Russia. The centre-half pitched in with goals and assists in a competition which brought the nation together over the love of football, making a name for himself on the biggest stage.

Regardless of the huge price tag, public interviews and interactions with Harry Maguire show him to be a very humble and hard-working professional. Solskjaer has added a great character to his dressing-room. But what has he added to what we see on the pitch?

Ball playing centre-half

Manchester United struggle immensely with bringing the ball out from the back. The only top-quality defender in the side, Victor Lindelof, has begun to do this more often since the arrival of Solskjaer, to great effect.

However, pre-season taught us that Rojo, Smalling and Jones are incapable of playing from the back. Often running into trouble and losing the ball.

By having Harry Maguire in the squad, there will be two defenders able to carry the ball forward, preventing the fear of leaving a weakness alone at the back. Maguire completed 17 ‘take-ons’ last season. This is more than any other centre back in the Premier League.

So, not only is Maguire capable of bringing the ball into the midfield, he is one of the best at it.

Aerial wins

Solskjaer’s defence falls apart from set-pieces. They are completely lost when it comes to handling aerial threats in their own box.

This is where the ex-Leicester City man steps in. According to the following statistic from a football statistician who is frequently seen on MUTV, “Harry Maguire won 73% of his duels in the Premier League last season, Virgil van Dijk (76%) was the only CB with a better success rate (minimum 2000 minutes played).”

Therefore, David De Gea will have two fantastic defenders in front of him. Capable of dealing with a multitude of threats.

With Harry Maguire’s aerial abilities and desire to transition the ball into midfield, you can expect this Man Utd side to concede fewer and score more. A great signing for Manchester United.

Look forward to it Man Utd fans. How many stoppage-time headers will Maguire score this season?

Two reasons why Maguire is the answer to Man Utd’s defensive puzzle

Harry Maguire is set to leave the foxes. The Football Manc Cave has two reasons why Leicester City’s loss is Manchester United’s gain.

Harry Maguire is rumoured to be having his medical at Manchester United today, according to Express.

However, ‘Maguire to Man Utd’ is a phrase we have heard for well over a year. The Red Devils’ boardroom failed to secure the deal when Jose Mourinho demanded an improved defence over twelve months ago.

There are obvious reasons why both Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have desperately sought the services of Harry Maguire.

Here are two of them…

Aerial Protection

Last season, the Englishman scored three goals for Leicester City. A figure that matches his financial competitor Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutchman of Liverpool won 75% of his aerial duels, whilst Maguire won 78%. This statistic is music to Man Utd fans’ ears. With their defensive line having been bullied by dominant attackers since the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand was protecting the man between the sticks.

Victor Lindelof proved to be Manchester United’s best ball-playing defender, whilst his partner Chris Smalling proved to be a hindrance. The Swede’s one fault, aerial dominance, could be patched up by sticking him alongside World Cup hero Harry Maguire.

Stop passing it backwards!

The Leicester City defender had a passing range of 86% last season, compared to Virgil Van Dijk’s 90%. However, placing Maguire in a better squad could see this statistic soar.

With two defenders that can successfully play the ball out of their own box, we would see a tremendous improvement in the way the Reds move the ball up the field. This will impact both slow build-ups, as well as the old-school counter-attacking football Man Utd, is famed for.

In the recent pre-season game Man Utd vs Perth Glory, new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a fantastic debut, completing 4/4 tackles in his 45 minutes. Next season we may see him partnered with Luke Shaw at full back, with Maguire and Lindelof in between. This would be the most solid Man Utd defence in the last 10 years.

Twitter reacts: ‘Man United signing Harry Maguire is a move that will greatly benefit the club’

Leicester City’s Harry Maguire to Manchester United deal is looking more realistic by the day, and here is what the fans think about it

Social Media and modern football don’t always mix well, as millions upon millions of fans throw their opinions at the wall. Today, The Football Manc Cave will delve into Twitter and pull out some of those fan opinions, which give a general feeling about how people feel about Harry Maguire to Manchester United.

According to reports, Maguire will be fetching £80million for the move from Leicester City, a world-record transfer fee for a defender. Interestingly a similar figure Real Madrid paid for the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo.

A select few are displeased with the huge sum of money for Maguire’s services.

In recent seasons, Manchester United’s defence has been a source of negativity for the red devils. As a result, fans have pointed the finger at the likes of Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Nemanja Matic as they believe these players are incapable of keeping up with the force of Premier League attackers.

Some fans believe the figure of £80million is far too high for the English centre-back. However, other fans feel that the fee doesn’t matter as Maguire will improve the ever-failing Man Utd defence.

Man Utd clear favourites to win Maguire race over Man City

Man City can’t rival the astronomical fee for Harry Maguire, which is fantastic news for rivals Man Utd.

Leicester City is playing hardball. Asking for a higher fee than Liverpool paid for arguably the best defender in English football, Virgil Van Dijk, at £75million.

Football fans are torn in half, some believing that the asking price is unjustified. Others believe modern inflation of the market has resulted in Maguire being worth over £75million.

Being a starting English international, Premier League proven, a fantastic defender and a menace from corners, the asking price seems fair. Many questioned the price of Van Dijk who came from Southampton and he transformed the Liverpool defence.

Manchester City is put off by the fee, having recently spent £63million for midfielder Rodri, previously contracted to Atletico Madrid.

Two outcomes

As it stands, there are two outcomes for Harry Maguire’s immediate future. He will either be a Manchester United man or a Leicester City man come the beginning of the Premier League 19/20 campaign.

According to reports, United recently had a £70million rejected by Leicester, a figure that City aren’t keen on going near. However, the red devils are ready to offer what they need to in order to secure the services of one of the league’s best defenders.

Maguire is needed

Manchester United conceded 54 goals last season in the Premier League, the most in the top 9. Which explains why Solskjaer is keen on bolstering the back line. Following the signing of the best right-back according to defensive statistics.

With a back line of Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Manchester United would have a competent defence for the first time since we saw the partnership of Ferdinand and Vidic.

Rumours have it that Maguire favours the move to Man City, due to the success of Guardiola’s Citizens. They have a much more exciting future than Manchester United, being involved in the Champions League and will be chasing the league title for years to come. The future of Manchester United is very uncertain, as they play Europa League football under the inexperienced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

2 cheaper defenders Man City should look at other than Leicester City’s 90m Maguire

Harry Maguire has had interest from Man City and Man United this transfer window but the £90 million fee might have put City off.

City wants to strengthen their back four with Vincent Kompany leaving, and it was rumoured that Maguire was one of their biggest targets. Leicester have put out their asking price for the defender and it’s high. 90 million high.

Some are saying it’s too overpriced for the England man, but it’s apparently not put Manchester United off. With City thinking twice about Maguire, there are other options that are cheaper and better value for money. 

Joao Cancelo

Now it has been rumoured that Cancelo is already being looked at by City, and may be moving to the next steps of joining the Manchester side. If this is all true, I think it’s a better option than Maguire. The Juventus star is apparently valued at around 50 million. That would be a cheaper option and if he turns out to be at the standard Pep Guardiola wants, it could be a bargain. 

Virgil Van Dijk

This might seem like high hopes for the blues but he’s proved to be one of the best defenders around. The 27-year-old has said before that he would be open to a transfer if Liverpool were to lose the Champions League final.

We all know that they did manage to beat Tottenham. However, if City were looking at Maguire, they could pay the same amount for Van Dijk and have a better player in my opinion.

He might be tempted with City’s record, I think it’s just the Champions League win that’s keeping him at Liverpool. 

Bernardo Silva: Ballon d’Or Favourite After Exceptional Season?

After winning the UEFA Nations League player of the tournament, could Bernardo Silva be in the running for the Ballon d’Or award?

It would be fair to say that Silva has had a remarkable season, he’s won three trophies with Man City and now been a part of the winning Nations League team. However, the Premier League have overlooked the 24-year-old and have shown to be more in favour of Sterling’s efforts and Van Dijk.

It is now being discussed to who will win this year’s Ballon d’Or award and understandably, Silva’s name is in the mix. 

Virgil Van Dijk is set to be favourite to win the award after his impressive season and a Champions League win. Lionel Messi is also in the running, which is standard. Now that Silva is being recognised for his efforts, maybe the City star will earn another trophy for his collection.

When Bernardo won the Nations League player of the tournament, teammate Ronaldo didn’t seem too impressed, maybe he expected the award himself but if Silva also takes home the Ballon d’Or, how will 5-time winner Ronaldo take that news? 

Personally, I think it’s about time a City player won the award as they have been looked over for years. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and even Leicester have all had more recognition from the French award officials than City have had in a decade.

The closest that a City player has been to take this award home was Kevin De Bruyne last year when he came in 9th place. So can Bernardo Silva set another City record by getting further up that list or even topping it? I really do hope so, I’m just not convinced that he will get as much of a look in as others, after he’s already won one award for his individual efforts this year and several team awards.

Harry Maguire is Back on Ed Woodward’s Radar, How Would the 40.5m Rated Leicester Man Improve Man Utd

Manchester United are reportedly back in the hunt for Leicester City’s centre back Harry Maguire, with the club looking like they have to top the 75m bid from last year.

Maguire’s stock rose after an impressive World Cup, which prompted the bid from then boss Jose Mourinho with the search for a centre back failing throughout the window. United once again are in the market for defensive reinforcements after a dismal campaign, missing out on Champions League football once again in recent years.

The standard of players United have in the back line is a far cry of the Vidic and Ferdinand days. Maguire is English and a defender that can play also – two major bonuses as they look to get a strong partnership like the one mentioned above.

Last season’s signing Victor Lindelof looks to have settled into the English game after his first full season of adaptation. With a defensive pairing of Lindelof and Maguire, it’s one that may not look strong on paper but two centre backs that have big futures ahead of them.

Solskjaer has to get away from the recent United tradition of signing big named players and look for them 7m Vidic’s, or the bargain-priced Steve Bruce’s of the footballing world. Albeit the market is completely different nowadays. You have to pay a premium for English players, so 75m may seem a bargain in today’s inflated market, especially when you look at rivals Liverpool’s recruitment in Virgil Van Dijk.

It may be hard to prize Maguire away from the Foxes following Brendan Rodgers taking over. The former Premier League champions have looked impressive under Rodgers and, pushed Man City hard on Monday night.

It sounds ridiculous nowadays that Leicester could be more attractive to stay at than going to United, but sadly that at the moment is a harsh truth many Red Devil fans have to deal with.

Man United fans, what do you think?

Is Maguire a missing part of the jigsaw for the Solskjaer?