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Manchester United Losing out To Rivals City In Chase For Long Term Defensive Target And Highly Coveted Centre Back

Harry Maguire to Manchester United, Maguire to United

According to reliable sports outlets, Manchester City have identified Harry Maguire as the replacement for Vincent Kompany and are ready to rival Manchester United in the ongoing transfer window.

Since joining Leicester City from Hull City in 2017, Harry Maguire has been an integral part of the squad. The defender has just completed another successful campaign for the Foxes in 2018-19. Since the start of 2018, Manchester United have been chasing the England international.

At the start of summer transfer window of 2019-20, Manchester United were expected to complete the deal for the defender to plug their leaky defense which leaked 54 goals in 2018-19. However, the deal is looking complicated for Manchester United as the reigning Premier League champions-Manchester City have entered the fray for the defender.

The English ace played 31 Premier League games for the Foxes in 2018-19. Even though Leicester City conceded 48 goals this season, Harry Maguire has attracted the attention of reputed managers around the world. Harry Maguire had a pass percentage of 85.6% and has scored 3 goals for the club. The player also has 4.6 clearances per game in 2018-19.

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Vincent Kompany left Manchester City in the last week after guiding the Cityzens for the second consecutive Premier League title. The player has been a hugely important cog in the Manchester City’s line-up having served the club for 11 glorious years. This has left big boots to be filled at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola has been an admirer of the English defender for quite a long time and wants the player to fill those big boots at Etihad. Maguire’s strength, physicality and aerial abilities make him the perfect replacement for the Belgian legend. This has made Manchester City highly motivated in pursuing the 26-year-old defender.


Last summer, Harry Maguire was almost off to Old Trafford after a series of spectacular performances in the World Cup. However, he put the pen into a new bumper deal at Leicester City which weighs him at £75 million.

Like Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an admirer of the English ace and wants to bring the player into Old Trafford. He can form a formidable partnership with Victor Lindelof and plug the leaky defence Manchester United that has plagued them the entire season and for quite some time now. Signing a player of stature like Harry Maguire can be the first step in rebuilding the club as it is in the dark shadow of its past.

On the other hand, Manchester City are ready to rival the legendary club and sign the defender. Across Europe, every successful club has had a strong defense this season and with the financial power, it should not be much difficult to sign the player. Also, the domestic treble and the prospect of Champions League qualification can attract the player to Etihad Stadium.

Varun Aithal
A hardcore Manchester United who started supporting Red Devils post-Fergie era. Hoping someday, some year, Manchester United will find a way back to its glory days. "Engineer by profession, Manuncian by passion"

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