Manchester United have had their fair share of problems over the last five years, and could be about to go on their longest trophy drought in four decades if they don’t win the Champions League this season, after crashing out of all domestic competitions and now sit 19 points adrift from Manchester City at the top of the table.
In 2019, two years after their last trophy win in the Europa League under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United signed Harry Maguire from Leicester for a record-breaking fee of £80m, in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s big summer transfer blow out after he was given a reported £250m to spend by the club to improve the squad, in an attempt to get back to winning trophies.
Since then, Maguire’s career at the club has gone from bad to worse, despite taking over the legendary captaincy status at the club, the defender has failed to make an impact worthy of his record-breaking price tag, with his poor performances over the last few seasons now reflecting in his market value and it’s clear Ed Woodward has had a nightmare with this signing in particular.
According to Transfermarkt, Maguire’s market value has plummeted by £37m when you compare it to his huge signing fee of £80m, currently worth just £43.2m as of December 2021, and with the club reportedly interested in selling the defender this summer, they will likely make a huge loss on their investment on the player.
Maguire has conceded 254 goals in his 195 Premier League appearances, which means he concedes on average 1.3 goals per game for United in the league whilst leading the backline, and has only managed to keep 51 clean sheets out of a possible 195.
This season alone, the defender has failed to make a worthy impact on the team in the Premier League, with one error leading to a goal, only six clean sheets and just 22 tackles made in 22 appearances so far.
That simply isn’t good enough for the level Manchester United aspire to be on, and as a result, the side are likely to have yet another unsuccessful campaign.
Rangnick and the Manchester United board have an important decision to make about Maguire’s future at the club.
They’ll need to work out whether his impact on the team is worth sucking up the losses for by selling him for much less than they paid, potentially cutting ties with their club captain when the new manager arrives in the summer for a fresh start.
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