Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.
Questions have already been raised over the wisdom behind United’s bold move in signing Maguire for a world-record €86m last month. The recent one came from Roy Keane, who claimed the defender hasn’t lived up to his price tag.
With the 26-year-old in their ranks, United have only kept one clean sheet in their opening four Premier League games.
He also failed to impress during England’s last game against Kosovo on Tuesday, where Maguire looked lost at times and gave away a penalty.
“I don’t think Harry Maguire actually has been at his best since he went to Manchester United,” Nicol told ESPN.
“Certainly in midweek for England he made a couple of horrendous mistakes one after the other that cost England a goal.
“So he’s going into this game looking for his own form. And, of course, Leicester for me are the opposite.”
Perhaps, this afternoon’s clash with old club Leicester will trigger a turnaround in form for Maguire at Old Trafford.
Although Nicol pointed out that the Foxes have already moved on from his departure with Caglar Soyuncu. Therefore, he expects United will suffer another tough afternoon in the Premier League.
The Liverpool great added: “The question I always had was ‘how are they going to replace Maguire?
“Well, I think they have in Soyuncu. He’s only 23, Turkish international but he’s been absolutely solid.
“He’s been flawless, has made no mistakes, keeps it simple.
“Are Manchester United really the home side here? Because I can’t think of anything other than going to this game and scaring the life out of Manchester United.
“The more you think about Leicester and the more you look at the positives, they’re a real threat to anybody.
“Everything is positive for Leicester City whereas again you turn the table on Manchester United, normally when you play at home that should be an advantage straight away, but I’m sure everyone that saw them lose to [Crystal] Palace at home are going to be worried and of course that will translate onto the players.
“This is a tough test for Manchester United.”
The United and Leicester match starts at 16:00 (CET).