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Harry Maguire "Isn't A Leader" And Should Be Replaced At Manchester United

Harry Maguire "Isn't A Leader" And Should Be Replaced At Manchester United

Manchester United have been urged to look for a replacement for Harry Maguire by former player Paul Parker, who claimed the centre back 'isn't a leader.'

Maguire moved to Old Trafford for £80 million in August 2019, making him the world's most expensive defender ever, but he hasn't always proved his worth.

There have been a number of high profile errors from the former Leicester City defender and he was recently at fault for United conceding a late equaliser against Everton, as he kept five players onside.

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Whilst United have invested heavily in defence in recent years there's been talk of signing someone else to play alongside the 27-year-old but former Reds' full back Paul Parker believes the signing could be in place of the England international.

"Despite the position that Manchester United find themselves in the Premier League, they still need to strengthen in the transfer market this summer," Parker told the Sun.

"Regarding the centre-backs, people talk about bringing in a new partner for Harry Maguire, but I would look at bringing in two centre-backs, why can't it be a player who comes in and plays alongside Victor Lindelof?"

Maguire has made some high profile mistakes this season. Image: PA Images
Maguire has made some high profile mistakes this season. Image: PA Images
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have also been questioned when it comes to their mentality and Maguire's place as captain has been a big cause for concern.

Many believe that he should be replaced by Bruno Fernandes and Parker certainly doesn't think the defender should wear the armband. Harry Maguire is not a leader, he plays the game for himself, he sits way too deep, he dribbles for the sake of dribbling and runs himself into cul-de-sacs," the two time Premier League winner added.

"The goal against Sheffield United, he put David De Gea in a terrible position, and he made a terrible clearance which people then blamed the goalkeeper.

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"I have always been unsure about Maguire since the day Manchester United signed him.

"When they paid £80m, the club didn't buy an £80m centre back, it was great business by Leicester.

"Despite the position that Manchester United find themselves in the Premier League, they still need to strengthen in the transfer market this summer.

Maguire and Lindelof's partnership has often been questioned. Image: PA Images
Maguire and Lindelof's partnership has often been questioned. Image: PA Images
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"Bringing in competition for places always helps players to improve their game.

"You look at Luke Shaw this season, he has really upped his game since the signing of Alex Telles."

Maguire had a tough start to this season after an unsavoury incident whilst on holiday in Mykonos, followed by a few high profile errors, including for England.

The former Hull City defender played more minutes than anyone else in 2020 and even when Eric Bailly and Lindelof has been fit he is rarely dropped or rested by Solskjaer.

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A new centre back is likely to be on the Norwegian's shopping list again this summer, but it's unlikely to be to replace Maguire.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Football News, Manchester United, Premier League, Transfer gossip, Everton, Transfer news, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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