Manchester United identify £80m-rated defender as long-term Harry Maguire partner

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2019

Harry Maguire does not consider a record-breaking £80 million ($98m) price tag to be a burden but wants to be given at least five years at Manchester United before judgement is passed on his value.

Manchester United - who have made their worst start to a season in 30 years - lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at St James' Park last weekend following Matty Longstaff's second-half victor.

As the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer increases by the day, the board is getting forced to break the bank and help the manager turn things around. I left there eight years ago and it was a tremendous last six years of my career, winning four Premier League titles and playing in three Champions League finals.

Despite the huge price-tag and high expectations, the England global is not concerned.

Throwing back to his time in dressing rooms studded with legends at United, he said: 'I think for ourselves, when I came in the dressing room we had Ryan Giggs, you had [Paul] Scholes, you had [Rio] Ferdinand, [Gary] Neville and even Roy Keane at that time.

"We need to keep improving as a team, not just me as an individual".

And according to the Metro, some established first team stars "feel unprepared" for matches under the Northern Irishman. Reaching a fee agreement with Juventus shouldn't be much trouble, but it shows have far Manchester United have stumbled that it's suggested Mandzukic may look at other options. "It's probably a good deal for both parties and it's something now where I want to concentrate on my football".

Watch the Red Rivalry as Manchester United host Liverpool next up in the Premier League on Sunday, October 20 from 3pm on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off is at 4.30pm.

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