Manchester United eventually completed the signing of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, for a reported fee of £80 million.
The defender and World Cup hero, nicknamed “Slabhead”, has been linked with moves to both Manchester clubs all summer. However Man United were always favourites to sign the towering defender, in the hope he can shore up a poor United backline.
Maguire signed for Wigan Athletic in January 2015. We had Malky Mackay as a manager, were relegated that season and to be brutally honest, all the players were as bad as each other. It’s impossible to judge Maguire from this time there, the fans had no belief, the manager was too negative and the players packed in long before the end of the season.
Aesthetically he looks very awkward and cumbersome, however, he’s very good and confident on the ball. That’s one thing that did strike me at Latics, his ability to carry the ball out of defence and play through midfield.
On set-pieces, he was very, very good. Attacks the ball with such power, in both boxes. He was playing in a very poor team, Maguire was probably our best player in the back end of that season, but that wouldn’t have taken much.
He made 16 appearances during his spell at Latics, scoring once in a 1-3 victory at Blackpool. I didn’t think he’d become the worlds most expensive defender four years later, that’s football. Maguire was outstanding last campaign for Leicester City, following on from his brilliant performances at last summers World Cup.
Man United need four or five years to build a side capable of challenging for anything in my opinion, Maguire is a good start though. Whether he can become a real leader and United legend, remains to be seen.