Comments Come United Shut Out Maguire
Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Leicester City central defender and one-time United transfer target Harry Maguire.
Maguire was part of the Leicester side that was beaten 1-0 by United at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. The England international was very nearly on target with an equaliser after United got an early goal through Marcus Rashford.
“When you’re only 1-0 up, anything can happen in that box and I think that Harry Maguire has got a magnet on his head because it nearly always drops to him,” Solskjaer in his post-match press conference.
“A fantastic player in the box. So we knew we had to defend against him and out lads, they blocked, put their bodies on the line so it was a fantastic effort and they were fighting for each other.”
Manchester United were linked with Maguire in last summer’s transfer market. But the club’s board baulked at meeting Leicester City’s £65million valuation on the back of just one full season in the Premier League and one World Cup.
Solskjaer is expected to play a big part in recommending transfer targets – according to reports today. That’s even if he leaves the club in the summer.
Maguire is expected to be back on the United transfer radar and the Norwegian spoke before yesterday’s game about the club’s recruitment policy. And he used language that suggested he may be at Old Trafford beyond the end of the season.
“I’ve got to know the players’ potential, how far they are from that and how they can build or rebuild — and put my views into the club,” he said.
“How we want to look in a year or two, what kind of players we need and want.
“It is about what kind of personality to look for. It’s about finding players with the Man United identity and DNA.”
Qualification for the Champions League remains Solskjaer’s aim. The Red Devils are up to fifth place in the Premier League table – just two points off a top-four spot.