Harry Maguire prepares to face his former club
Harry Maguire has made an impressive start at Manchester United since joining in the summer.
Without a pre-season with the Red Devils, Maguire has settled straight in at Old Trafford.
While United only have one clean sheet in four games. This is not Maguire’s fault. He has performed well. Despite this, he is under a bit of pressure heading into this weekend’s fixture against his former club.
Maguire will want to get the better of his former teammates at Leicester, and the same applies to Jamie Vardy and co. They will want to get one over on him.
It did not help that Maguire had an uncomfortable game in midweek for England against Kosovo, giving away a penalty.
There will be extra spotlight on him against the Foxes, and this is a factor the centre-back must adjust to.
Leicester’s seamless transition
Despite losing a £80 million defender, Leicester have not struggled. This has been down to the impressive form of 23-year-old Turkish centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, who has stepped up as his replacement.
Leicester fans have even struck up a chant, “We don’t need you, we’ve got Soyuncu”, which will be heard at Old Trafford this weekend.
He will be determined to show that he can one-up Maguire, and it should be noted that this season Leicester have conceded one fewer goal than United so far.
Maguire can demonstrate to Leicester this weekend what they have lost.
£80 million player
When Manchester United paid £80 million for Maguire, it was because the club believed he is capable of rising to big occasions.
For Maguire personally, this is a huge match, and United badly need the three points to get back on track.
It is in situations like these that top players like Maguire can show their true worth, and let their personality on the football pitch be shown.
This is Maguire’s biggest test at United so far, and it is one that we are confident he will stand up to. It is crying out for a Steve Bruce-esque headed winner from the centre-back.
If he falters, it will be character building for him, a minor setback in his United career. The critics in the media are sharpening their knives after his England error.
Maguire’s good form for United to start the season should see praise coming his way. Instead it feels like he is under a lot of pressure. This is his chance to shine, and he should enjoy it.
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