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Roy Keane questions Harry Maguire impact for Man United

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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane doesn’t think that Harry Maguire has lived up to his record €86m price tag.

United made Maguire the world’s most expensive defender in history when they signed him from Leicester City last month for a staggering €86m.

The previous record-holder was Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, who joined from Southampton in January 2018 for €84m. The Dutch centre-back has since become a Champions League winner, and famously won the UEFA Player of the Year award.

He’s even a strong favourite to beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the 2019 Ballon d’Or award.

Unsurprisingly, though, this does add pressure on Maguire’s shoulders with United supporters desperately hoping for a similar miracle.

The England international has got off to a respectable start to his Old Trafford career after starting all four league games. Many have already noted his impact in United’s shaky defence, which conceded an overwhelming 54 league goals last term.

But the normally out-spoken Keane, on the other hand, isn’t so sure on Maguire himself.

“I think he’s done OK,” the ex-Red Devils midfielder told ITV.

“We were talking about how good he is on the ball, but defensively I still think he’s… I still have one or two question marks over him.

“I’m always worried about his pace on the turn. I remember the first goal against Crystal Palace where he’s not doing the basics, covering round his other centre-half.

“Listen, he’s 26 years of age now, you’re worried if you’re pointing these things out to him.”

Not helping Maguire’s case to get in Keane’s good books, of course, is that United have only registered one clean sheet this season.

However, the 26-year-old will likely get another chance to impress against his old club Leicester City at Old Trafford this Saturday.

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 06: Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager, Roy Keane.