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26 Jul 2018 14:11:41
Eds as always ssn saying u ited have contacted Leicester re Maguire, personally I hope we stay far away from him, is there any truth in the news or are we still trying for Toby alderweireld?

{Ed002's Note - Alderweireld remains the first choice but right now id priced out of a move. I understand that the club will now be enquiring about the availability of alternatives, and that may mean a formal approach about Maguire.}

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26 Jul 2018 14:27:15
Thanks ed, I hope we buy quality or play tuanzebe and Tim fosu-mensah rather than buying other players for that sake of it. Are the alternatives still as mentioned or are there new names?

26 Jul 2018 14:58:41
They are not buying for the sake of it. Maguire is obviously on a list.

If they were to buy for the sake of it they would buy any tom dick or harry from any division.

26 Jul 2018 15:17:41
Being on a list doesn't make someone not bought for the sake of it, sometimes it's better to get the best option or nothing and in my opinion if the options are buying aldewierd buying Maguire or playing the youngsters than I'd stay well clear of buying Maguire.

26 Jul 2018 20:54:32
If Maguire represents the best we are able to afford/ convince to join us we have fallen much further than I thought we had.

Ed you've mentioned above that Aldeweireld is being priced out of a move just now. I can't pretend to have much of a clue about United's finances but some of the figures being reported for Maguire like £65m are far higher than anything I've seen for Alderweireld usually reported around £40-£45m. Is it correct to assume that we have turned to Maguire because we have been quoted far higher than the above for Alderweireld?

Because if we're going to spend £60m I'd rather see it go on Alderweireld than Maguire.

{Ed002's Note - Clubs will resist over paying for players.}

27 Jul 2018 07:56:29

I don’t think that message is fair at all and Maguire would prove a lot wrong on here, it doesn’t show how far we have fallen it just shows how mad the market is these days.

27 Jul 2018 10:04:54
Gds, if he signs I would be delighted to be wrong. If Maguire comes here and significantly improves us, I'd be surprised but very happy to be proved wrong on my opinion. If we wanted a CB who is PL proven and as good as Smalling or Jones why didn't we just sign Jonny Evans for £3m?

I agree the market is mad and £40m is the new £10m but signing someone who doesn't seem to be an improvement on what we have for any price seems counts intuitive. Also when comparing Maguire to the other CB's we've looked at, he is nowhere near as good as the likes of Varane, Alderweireld or Bonucci.

27 Jul 2018 13:35:37
Harry M is a similar level in terms of pure defending to Smelling and better on the ball. It's a no brainer for me.

27 Jul 2018 13:44:17

He can bring the ball out from the back, he is brilliant in both boxes and wins every header and would mean we finally cause a few problems from set pieces, he is certainly on a different level to an aging Jonny Evans and gives us attributes we don't have in some of our other defenders.

27 Jul 2018 16:32:44
I agree he is very good in the air. Set piece wise that can only help us both defensively and in an attacking sense.

However, I disagree that he is good at bringing the ball out from the back. He may do it, but I've not seen him do much that is useful when he does. For me, he tends to run into the space in front of him and if there is no blatantly obvious pass on, then he gives the ball away.

He had a decent world cup in a system which hid his flaws and generally played against sides who shouldn't be testing a £60m rated defender. In my opinion Southgate selected Young ahead of Rose as he had to have someone capable of tucking in to support Maguire as he is suspect positionally.



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