A lot of questions have been asked of Manchester United’s defence this season, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the Mirror reported the Red Devils’ interest in Leicester City centre-half Harry Maquire recently.
But should Jose Mourinho move for the England international, is he good enough to walk straight in to United’s best XI?
Our writers discuss below…
As things currently stand, yes. I’m not sure what Jose Mourinho would make of Maguire’s ball-playing instincts but he’s certainly out-performed Phil Jones and Chris Smalling so far this season, especially the latter who hasn’t been up to much since Louis van Gaal left Old Trafford.
When everybody’s fit, Eric Bailly is one of the first names on United’s team sheet, but Maguire would make a decent partner for the Ivorian – providing the distribution qualities he lacks.
Part of me wonders whether form and management is the key here. Are Chris Smalling and Phil Jones bad defenders or are they just suffering in a team which appears to be stalling despite being second in the league and fighting in two cup competitions?
Maguire, however, is a solid defender whose calmness would no doubt complement the athleticism and technique of Eric Bailly. On that basis, he might well get into the XI, and on current form, and with United’s current injury list, he might be their most reliable defender right now.