Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has three reasons for Harry Maguire transfer pursuit
Manchester United manager Solskjaer wants to lure Maguire away from Leicester this transfer window after a nightmare Premier League campaign.The Red Devils shipped a massive 54 league goals last term, missing out on a place in next season’s Champions League as a result.Manchester United are not the only club to covet Maguire, however, with fierce rivals Manchester City also determined to snap him up.Pep Guardiola views the England international as the ideal long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany, with the Belgian primed to become Anderlecht boss.
And the Daily Mail report that United think three positive things about the England international.The first is that United deem him reliable.Current centre-backs Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly have proved themselves to be error-prone throughout their respective Old Trafford careers.Even Victor Lindelof, the club’s undisputed main defender, has made mistakes.And United appear to want Maguire because he’s somebody they believe can provide the consistency the club have been lacking.
A second reason is that United are impressed by the fact he wins the majority of his aerial duels.Solskjaer personally lauded the England rock after his side beat Leicester earlier in the season.And that appears to be another reason for their transfer pursuit.The Daily Mail claim a third reason is that United feel he makes very few mistakes - and would therefore sure up their leaky back line.But, as things stand, a transfer is still some way off.United lodged a huge £70million bid for Maguire earlier this week, only for Leicester to turn it down.
The Foxes want nearer £90m and it remains to be seen as to whether Leicester budge at all.Meanwhile, Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol believes United should try to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax before going for Maguire.“One point I would make was that if I was at Manchester United now, I would be seeing what was happening with Matthijs de Ligt,” he told Sky Sports News Transfer Centre.“If I’d offered £70million for Maguire who is 26, De Ligt is seven years younger. He’s 19 years old and looks like he could be going to Juventus for something like £50m or £60m.“I know United have been in for De Ligt before, but is it worth having just one more go?“Just picking up the phone and ringing Mino Raiola again.”