Football writer explains the problem Man Utd would have if they signed Harry Maguire

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Jose Mourinho has made it no secret that he desperately wants a new centre-back before Manchester United kick off their season in just 13 days time.

At the start of the summer, it looked as though Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld would be heading to Old Trafford.

However, it seems the Red Devils are unwilling to pay a large fee for a 29-year-old who has just 12 months remaining on his current deal - and would be available for £25 million next summer even if he does sign a new contract at Spurs.

And now, United have turned their attention to Leicester’s Harry Maguire.

Maguire had a brilliant World Cup with England and is now rated at around £70 million.

But Mourinho looks set to offload both Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian to raise funds for the 25-year-old.

The Portuguese boss clearly think Maguire could be the missing piece to his defence, with Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Rojo Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof all struggling to convince their manager.

But is Maguire really the answer?


One football writer, Tom Williams, certainly doesn’t think so.

He’s suggested that there’s something Maguire and the current five centre-back at United have in common - the need to play alongside a quality and experienced central defender.


Williams wrote: “Man United have five centre-backs (Smalling, Jones, Bailly, Rojo, Lindelof) who all need to play alongside a senior centre-back who knows what he's doing. If they buy Harry Maguire, they'll have six.”


He certainly has a point and there are plenty of United fans that agree with his point.

Maguire might be becoming a really good defender but is he ready to be the main central defender in a United side that will be challenging for Premier League and Champions League honours?

He’ll probably be better off continuing to learn his trade from a world-class defender but he won’t be able to do that at United.

Whether Mourinho will recognise that remains to be seen…

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