David Moyes explains why he decided not to sign Harry Maguire at Man United in 2013

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Manchester United Football Club broke the world-record fee for a defender this summer, signing Harry Maguire in an £80million move from Leicester City.

The one they call ‘Slabhead’ made his debut at Old Trafford on Sunday, putting in an outstanding performance against Chelsea as United kept a clean-sheet in a 4-0 drubbing.

Signing someone like Maguire has been a huge need for years. Heck, since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left a few seasons ago, it has been an absolute defensive disaster at the Theatre of Dreams, culminating in 54 league goals being shipped last term.

It could have been oh so different, too. Today, David Moyes was on talkSPORT talking about his career and life in general, and Maguire was amongst the topic of discussion. If you didn’t think Moyes’ time at United could get any worse, well today, he admitted that he didn’t move for Maguire – because he was ‘really big’…

“We didn’t try to sign him [during his spell at Man United] but we flagged him up at that time.” Moyes said on talkSPORT.

“I was very aware of the players in the lower leagues and had a made good career out of bringing them to Everton – whether that be Tim Cahill or all the ones we did through the years.

“Harry Maguire was another one I recognised. He played against Preston North End at home in a league game and I watched him and thought he played really well but at that time he was really big.

“You thought ‘my goodness, how big is Harry going to be’ because he was a relatively young boy at that time.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something like this gets out in the open. He’s a centre-back! Obviously, he’s going to be a big lad. In fact, you’d want your main defender to be tall and physical as it’s probably the most important part of their game.

Anyway, at least Maguire is here now and he’s ours for the best years of his career. Hopefully, he can build on from his outstanding debut and go on to be a real United legend!


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