Harry Maguire is changing opinions at Manchester United already.

The centre-back enjoyed a dream debut at Old Trafford in a 4-0 win against Chelsea.

He was like a brick wall, not letting anything past him and turning defence into attack.

Maguire has changed the mind of BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks, who admitted he thought his price tag was ‘a joke’.

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Crooks is backtracking already and praising the former Leicester City defender.

He said: “As far as debuts go, this was as calm and composed as it gets. I must be honest, I thought the £80m paid by Manchester United for him was a joke.

“Having seen his performance against Chelsea, I’m beginning to think otherwise. If ever there was a day for the defender to simply stick to what he was good at, and not attempt any heroics, then this was it.

“Maguire stuck to the script brilliantly. The England international looked commanding.”


Maguire was one of three United players named in Crooks’ team of the week.

He also selected Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, with more outfield players of United picked in the side than any other club.

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Its good to see Maguire picking up some praise already.

The attention was on him, and as Crooks proves, the critics were lining up to pan him over his price tag.

That will still happen with each and every goal United concede, but these may not come too often.

United’s new look defence looks solid, with Maguire and Lindelöf getting better and better as the game went on.

Lets see how we fare against Wolves, but after one game, there’s a lot to be positive about.

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