Manchester United’s transfer window has been a distinctly average one to this point. The only major signing made by Jose Mourinho is midfielder Fred.
When in the season previous, you finished nineteen points away from the eventual title winners, acquiring one major player isn’t enough. Jose Mourinho needs more.
It’s pretty clear that the self-proclaimed Special One is in the market for a new centre-half this summer, amongst the names mentioned is Harry Maguire. The Englishman had a stunning World Cup tournament while out in Russia, it’s no surprise to see his stock across the global game rise.
Sky Sports recently linked United with making a last-ditch bid for Maguire. Now, pundit Danny Murphy has urged the one they call ‘Slabhead’ to push through a move to Old Trafford; as he may never get this opportunity again.
“I think the lad would be crazy not to try to make it happen,” Murphy told TalkSPORT, per the Leicester Mercury. “You’ve got to try to make it happen. You might never get the opportunity to sign for Manchester United again.
“Sometimes you have to push. I’ve been there once or twice. It’s a difficult situation to be in. There is always a degree of loyalty expected from supporters.
“I am not saying he should conduct himself badly or being an idiot in trying to move, I am saying if Manchester United come in for you and you play for Leicester…whatever you want to say about Leicester, and I like everything they have done, they are now a very well-established club, with a great scouting network they have got there, and they use it very well.
As Murphy says, I don’t think it does anyone good if he upsets Leicester in the process, but this opportunity may never come round again. Say he gets injured and his career kind of fizzles out? He’ll always be wondering what if.
From a United point of view, I’d absolutely love to see him signed. There is no doubt that he’d single-handedly improve the Red Devils defence from day one, while he’d probably get even better from a personal standpoint as he’d have better players around him.
Look, you can’t fault Leicester for wanting to keep him. He’s a brilliant player, they’ve already lost one superstar this summer. My honest opinion is that he’ll stay with The Foxes this summer, but if he has a good twelve months, I can certainly see him moving somewhere next time around.