According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United could be set for £50m swoop of World Cup ace Harry Maguire.
During Euro 2016, Harry Maguire was just a spectator. He was a part of the travelling English contingent in France supporting the nation. What he would have witnessed there is a far cry to anything he could have dreamt of feeling two years on when part of the England squad at the 2018 World Cup.
Following an impressive first season at Leicester, there were whispers that he had a good chance of starting in Russia, but no one could have predicted for him to play in the manner he did. The general consensus was that fans were impressed with how calmly and intently he brought the ball out from the back so often accurately finding the feet of one of a midfield trio, reflective of an
87.7% pass accuracy.
It wasn’t just his technical prowess that lauded plaudits, but also his aerial capabilities. A trait that lead England teammate Jamie Vardy to nickname him the rather unflattering “Slabhead”. Maguire was often the man aimed for at corner and set-pieces, which lead to the opener in the World Cup Quarter-Final against Sweden and his first goal for England.
Not only is he a goal threat, but when the opposition reverted to a long ball, the likelihood was that Maguire would triumph. Maguire averaged 6.2 aerials duels won per game, one of the highest totals of the tournament.
It is these qualities, both on the ball and in the air that make him attractive to United as they combine the pair as their style of play. If Maguire was to move to Old Trafford, he withholds the qualities that neither England compatriots Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, or any other United centre-back bar Eric Bailly can display of the same level and aptitude making him a fine fit for the Red Devils.