Manchester United players have nicknamed Harry Maguire 'Dennis the Menace'

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It's early days, but Harry Maguire is already looking like a sound investment at Manchester United. 

The former Leicester centre-back was named Man of the Match in the 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. 

A few more displays like that and his £80million price tag will no longer be such a talking point. 

The England international didn't make a single foul, kept a clean sheet, and made more clearances, interceptions, and blocked shots than any other player on the pitch. 

It was a stark contrast to Chelsea's defence, who made a string of errors which ultimately cost them a game in which they had actually dominated for prolonged spells.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be delighted with his club's second most expensive signing of all time, as will Maguire's teammates, who in previous seasons had become so accustomed to glancing nervously over their shoulders at the chaos that unfolded in front of David de Gea. 

Paul Pogba said afterwards that he now calls the defender 'the beast' due to his physical presence and leadership. 

However, even before he had set foot on the pitch it seems there was already a nickname for Maguire doing the rounds at Carrington. 

The name? Dennis the Menace, naturally because of his resemblance to the cartoon character. 

It's probably better than 'Slabhead', anyway. The Sun have quoted a source at United: 

“The lads are absolutely delighted Harry has signed. They’ve nicknamed him Dennis the Menace because they think he looks like him.

“The English boys know him from the England team and they’re buzzing. Maguire is a huge presence and will bring additional confidence to the team.

“Even the other centre- backs are feeling OK about the purchase. They know it’s a long, hard season and they will all get chances to play.”

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It's little wonder that United players have taken to him so quickly given their woes at the back in 2018/19.

In that campaign, they conceded nine more goals than Liverpool and Manchester City put together and had the second worst record in the top half, surpassed only by West Ham. 

There's a very good reason they were willing to splash out on the most expensive defender in the world, after all. 

Now they've got their man, Solskjaer's side are already looking a far more potent threat. 

Will Man Utd finish in the top four? Have your say in the comments. 

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