Moyes reveals why he didn't sign Harry Maguire at Manchester United

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson

At the time it was claimed that new United boss David Moyes was keen on the then 20-year-old centre-half who was enjoying his third full season at boyhood club Sheffield United.

It has been suggested, on the back of a record-breaking transfer in 2019, that the Red Devils could have landed the £80 million ($96m) defender some years ago.

Moyes was said to have snubbed the opportunity to sign Maguire for just £4m when charged with the task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Moyes revealed that he scouted Maguire when the defender was at Sheffield United but overlooked him because Man United had better defenders.

Moyes said: "We didn't try to sign him [at Man United] but we flagged him up at that time". 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 - he had a big arse.

You thought: 'My goodness, how big is Harry going to be?!' because he was a relatively young boy at that time.

Build-wise, you're looking at him thinking you can only get bigger, his hips, but to be fair he looks in terrific shape and he's not changed at all really.
When I went to United, we had Vidic, Rio, Jonny Evans, Michael Keane, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling.

Exciting onlookers with his first performance for Manchester United against Chelsea last weekend, Graham Hunter considered the possible off-field effect Harry Maguire may have on some of his teammates.

"Some players, whether it be Alexis Sanchez or not, will shut up, work harder and feel in due course that Maguire is someone they're scared to bring a bad performance into at half-time".

The England global defender has just become the world's most expensive defender ever, completing an £80million move from Leicester to Manchester United.

He added on the divisive World Cup victor: "I think Manchester United should keep Pogba because he is one the top players in the world".

"He has got really good ability".

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