A lot of pressure was put on him when Harry Maguire went from Leicester City to Manchester United for a reported 78.3 million pounds in the summer of 2019.
When a player is signed for such a large sum of money, they are expected to produce at the best level possible, but Maguire’s performances in a United shirt over the past two and a half years have been less than stellar.
Maguire is the club’s second-most expensive signing ever, behind Paul Pogba, who was signed from Juventus for 94.5 million pounds in 2016, and it’s tough to argue that he’s even gone close to justifying the figure.
When you consider a top central defender’s career, you can nearly count on one hand the number of awful performances or terrible errors they’ve made. However, Maguire appears to be adding to his hilarious defense reel virtually every week.
Maguire was a standout player for former club Leicester, where he thrived defending on the edge of his own 18-yard box because he’s powerful in the air and physically dominant.
His lack of speed has been exposed on far too many occasions at United, where he is asked to defend significantly further up the pitch. The 28-year-old has also been caught much too often on the ball for a major central defender at a club like this, his huge size making him appear clumsy and heavy.
For a long time, Manchester United has been buying players solely on their names rather than what they can provide to the team, with Cristiano Ronaldo being a prime example.
Maguire’s signing is currently regarded as one of the worst value-for-money signings in United’s history. If the club can focus their transfer dealings on bringing in one or two established holding midfielders, such as Maguire’s England teammates Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice, his fortunes at Old Trafford may change.