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Harry Maguire – United’s perfect solution or just another overrated Englishman?

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Let’s talk about Manchester United’s transfer target Harry Maguire and have a deeper look into his profile as a player.

If you follow the transfer news this summer, you’ve definitely heard about the Harry Maguire saga.

Both Manchester rivals were interested in signing the defender, with Leicester City demanding a world record transfer fee for a defensive player, of around £80 million.

City, who have already spent a fortune on their defensive line, rejected to meet the valuation. But Solskjaer, who saw his team conceding 54 goals last season, has identified Maguire as the perfect solution for United’s defensive problems.

His early days

Born in Sheffield on 5 March 1993, Harry Maguire learned his trade in football through the ranks of the Sheffield United Football Academy.

The defender made his professional debut in April 2011, coming on as a substitute at half time and later winning the Man of the Match award against Cardiff City.

He made four more appearances for his club that season, but could not help them to avoid relegation from the Championship.

Maguire became a regular in the 2011-12 season and played 44 games in League One, netting his debut goal in a 2-0 win at Oldham Athletic. He was fantastic throughout the whole campaign and was named both Sheffield United Player of the Year and Sheffield United Young Player of the Year for 2012.

The defender continued to show good performances for the Blades, and eventually won the Player of the Year award in the next two years as well.

Hull City noticed Maguire’s talent and signed him for a transfer fee of £2.5 million in July 2014, as he left the Bramall Lane for the first time in his career.

Harry Maguire in the Premier League

In his debut season at Hull City, Maguire had difficulties getting into the Tigers’ first team and made only three Premier League appearances, before being sent on loan at Wigan in February 2015.

When he returned the next summer, Hull were already relegated and the defender was back in the lower ranks of English football.

However, they returned back immediately, winning the Championship playoffs in the 2015-16 campaign.

Maguire took his second chance and established himself as the leader of Hull City’s defense during the 2016-17 Premier League season. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to help them survive, but his performances got him the Hull City Fans’ Player of the Year and the Hull City Players’ Player of the Year awards.

He didn’t return to the Championship with the Tigers and moved to Leicester City in June 2017 for an initial £12 million fee, potentially rising to £17 million with add-ons.

The defender quickly established as the leader of the Foxes’ defensive line and played in all 38 games in the 2017-18 campaign. He won the Leicester City Player of the Year award and found his name on England’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Maguire made seven appearances at the World Cup, starting six times in the process. He was one of England’s best player and played a vital role in the Three Lions’ run to the semi-finals.

He scored his only international goal in the quarter-finals against Sweden, the opener in a 2-0 victory, as England reached the semis for the first time in 28 years.

Several English clubs, including Manchester United, showed interest in the defender immediately after the World Cup, but the 26-year old stayed at Leicester City last summer.

United’s interest seems to be really serious during the current transfer window, but the Red Devils are yet to close the deal with the Foxes.

Do you think that Maguire is worth £80 million or is he just another overrated English player in the Premier League? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.