Harry Maguire joined Manchester United at the end of the summer transfer period.
Maguire had an excellent showing in the 2018 World Cup for England. This prompted interested from top English clubs, mainly Mourinho-led Manchester United.
Mourinho is a big fan of the Englishman and wanted to bring him in at all costs. However, the board decided against it, only to buy Maguire for a fee of around €80 million this summer.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is struggling at the beginning of the season, Maguire isn’t one of his problems.
The Englishman is providing stability at the back, along with another new signing, Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.
However, Maguire himself expects more from him, as the 26-year-old wants to score more goals.
In an interview with United Review, citing Daily Mail, Maguire said:
“I see myself as a threat.
“I’ve had a couple of headers this year up to now and I’m sure to get on the end of many more crosses and create chances in the box. It’s something I take pride in as I work on it on the training pitch.
“I like to say I’ll chip in with some goals to help the team out in terms of getting some good results.”
Harry Maguire already received a lot of praise as coaches at Leicester lauded him for working on his game all the time.
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) September 14, 2019
This is one of the reasons that Pep Guardiola wanted to bring in the Englishman to Manchester City.
Maguire added that he’s focused on improving mentally and becoming a team leader:
“It’s something I still want to improve on, my leadership qualities on the pitch and especially my talking,’ he added. ‘I want to demand more from the players, demand standards, but I’m obviously not concentrating on that at the moment.
“I am fully focused on improving the team and getting this club back to where it should be.”
Maguire is no stranger to having a ball at his feet, doing so at an excellent rate for a centre-back:
“I definitely feel like it’s the modern game, bringing it out from the back and it’s something I do thrive on.
“I want to step in and help the team going forward by starting attacks well and threading balls through the lines, to try and get people on the half-turn to play forward.
“I think it’s a big part of the game now, for centre-backs not just to defend, but to have a big part in keeping the ball, controlling the game and starting attacks.”
Maguire will have a chance to show his worth in a derby against Arsenal tomorrow, where United will host The Gunners in a top-four battle.