“When your son dreams of playing for Man Utd as a little boy and you wake up one morning and it’s happening. Dreams can come true.”
That was Mrs Maguire’s reaction to her son putting pen to paper with the Red Devils. Whenever a player signs for the club they loved as a kid it’s a beautiful moment for the player and everyone who knows them. And I am talking from experience because that’s how I felt when I joined Ajax as an Amsterdam kid, and made the first team.
Harry Maguire has made the move that he dreamed about as a kid and he’s also become the world’s most expensive defender in the process.
Maguire is exactly the kind of player United needed. Fans have been calling for a defender and to get an England international who has played with the likes of Rashford and Lingard will be good for morale. He’s also played under Mike Phelan, who is now assistant manager at United, so he should be able to settle into his new club nicely.
He said: “It’s a club I’ve always watched and I’ve always looked up to when I was younger. You always dream of walking out at Wembley and Old Trafford, they’re the two big stadiums when you’re a young kid, and now I’m part of it.”
Maguire could be a key part of Solskjaer’s rebuild. It’s been a difficult few years for the club with many players coming in and out, so building strong foundations and bringing some stability to the squad will be a goal for Solskjaer. Maguire is one of those solid players that other players can rely on and feel confident they’re in safe hands when the opposition attack.
He has the build and confidence United need at the back, to create that stability. He also has the speed and understanding of the game, with all the international and European games under his belt already, so they are getting an experienced defender.
He looks like a level-headed guy too, so I don’t think the price tag will change him. I do think it comes with more responsibility, as we saw with Van Dijk, but we all saw how Rio Ferdinand handled himself so calmly when he moved to United. I’m sure Harry can learn a lot from Rio and the others that made a similar move before him. If he can kick-off well, Man United will be on their way to building a stable defense.
After starting his career at Sheffield United, a team he will face this season in the PL, Maguire moved to Hull, and had a loan spell at Wigan, before signing for Leicester in 2017. He joined a year after the Foxes’ famous title win and has been a key player for them since, earning his call up to the England World Cup squad where he scored x goals and helped the three lions into the semi-finals with his quarter-final goal against Sweden.
Now he begins his next challenge and next chapter as United battle for a spot in the Champions League.
“It’s a really proud moment for me to join such a big club, I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.