Harry Maguire has some very big Rio Ferdinand-sized boots to fill at Manchester United.
It’s been a long time since the Red Devils’ defensive unit has looked anywhere near a title-winning standard. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling all arrived at Old Trafford within the previous decade, and all have failed to make anywhere near the impact necessary to justify their long-term tenancy at the club.
Fortunately, however, the agony is over.
Indeed, never again will United fans be permanently exposed to snapshots of Jones’ melting face or Rojo’s best two-footed attempts to have himself incarcerated for grievous bodily harm. Those in the upper sections of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand can finally attend knowing Smalling’s howitzer attempts to play a simple pass won’t cave their cranium in at any given moment.
Maguire became United’s most expensive defender when he completed his £80m move from Leicester City on Monday, a record once held by Ferdinand. And, ever the leader, the Old Trafford legend had some words of wisdom for the newbie on what to expect from his new-found title and responsibility…
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Most Expensive Defender Of All Time… Harry Maguire signs for @manchesterunited for £80mill… funny enough we’ve both been there! Is there pressure? Yes.. is there expectation from across the world? Definitely… Are all eyes on Me? 100%… Will Your teammates be expecting big things? Of course…. Will people be expecting a massive change in the teams fortune? Most Definitely… These were the feelings, questions that were surrounding me when signing for the great club Manchester United. Being a CB, I have took a keen interest In Harry Maguire’s game since being linked with #MUFC under Moyes. He has made huge strides in the right direction & improved in all areas of his game. He’s grown into someone who can lead & be a leader of men… and shown at both ends of the pitch he can be effective. He has composure, willingness on the ball as well as the ability to drive out from the defence which I feel is as good as anyone in the game right now. Does he have things to work on… ofcourse like everyone else! After speaking to numerous people that know him, they all say what a level headed, hard working lad he is who will give 110% for his team which he echoed when signing. I think something #MUFC have needed defensively in recent years is a big character who can take on the responsibility of leading from the back & from what I’ve heard from people who know him well, they are confident that he will bring that to this football club. I would like to wish him well in the no5 shirt of @manchesterunited and hope he can help bring back success to our club. Good Luck @harrymaguire93 ??⚽️
Only time will tell.