Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that he made Harry Maguire his “number one target” after the match against Leicester City in February.
United travelled to the King Power Stadium on February 3 last season to face Leicester in a Premier League match. Naturally, the Foxes started Maguire in hopes of him keeping Solskjaer’s men at bay.
The English centre-back, though, couldn’t prevent Marcus Rashford’s ninth-minute goal to secure United a narrow 1-0 win.
But Solskjaer was suitably impressed anyway by what he had seen from Maguire and decided he wanted to sign him. Interestedly, the Norwegian was still just the caretaker coach at the time.
“I’m delighted we have got Harry in because he’s going to be great for this club,” said Solskjaer, according to The Telegraph.
“He was always my number one target. I more or less made my mind up when we played Leicester that if it was possible to get him, we should at least try. He is so composed on the ball and he gives the team another dimension.
“He has already shown what a presence he will be and what an impact he will have in the squad. Harry is a leader, an established international, a goal threat and a very, very good defender.”
United made Maguire the most expensive defender of all-time when he completed an £80m (€86m) transfer from Leicester last week.
This has already caused fans to speculate on whether the 26-year-old is the Red Devils’ answer to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
“I don’t want to compare us to Liverpool or Harry to Van Dijk, but I know Harry is going to have a massive impact on us, yes,” added Solskjaer.
Maguire will likely make his United debut against Chelsea this evening for their Premier League opener. The match at Old Trafford will begin at 17:30 (CET).