Five reasons Man Utd should be cautious about signing Harry Maguire in £80m deal


Manchester United chiefs are set to make Harry Maguire the latest in a long list of English players to have joined the club in recent seasons.

The local imports have enjoyed mixed success since making multi-million pound transfers to Old Trafford, and made some mistakes that both Maguire and Aaron-Wan Bissaka will be keen to avoid.

Maguire is set to become the most expensive defender of all-time if Leicester’s valuation is met, and United need to be wary of how they help the England international progress.

Express Sport have picked out five signings that United have made in the last 10 years that club bosses should learn from when Maguire makes the move to Manchester.

2014/15 – Luke Shaw – £33.75m

Luke Shaw joined United from Southampton in 2014 at the tender age of 19.

The youngster was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, but reports claim that the Blues were put off by his wage demands.

United then sealed a deal for Shaw that made him the most expensive teenager in the world, but he failed to hit the ground running.

Several injuries hampered his progress at United, but he seems to have turned his fortunes around by making over 20 appearances for the first time since leaving Southampton before being named United’s player of the year last season.

2012/13 – Nick Powell – £6.75m

Nick Powell joined United from Crewe Alexandra in 2012 for a fee of more than £6m.

Powell had made his Crewe debut at the age of 16 less than a year beforehand, but scouts enough potential to secure a deal.

The Englishman made a total of nine appearances for United over four seasons while going out on loan to Wigan, Leicester and Hull.

A permanent move to the former came in 2016, with United letting him go on a free transfer. Powell has impressed since leaving Old Trafford and was signed by Stoke City on a permanent deal this summer.

2012/13 – Wilfried Zaha – £10.58m

When Wilfried Zaha joined United from Crystal Palace in 2013 he was a full England international having impressed Roy Hodgson.

Zaha made his England debut in November 2012 during a friendly against Sweden, but opted to change his nationality to Ivory Coast in 2016 after making just one further international appearance.

The 26-year-old recently described his time at United as ‘hell’ and admitted that he was disappointed at the way the club treated him.

Zaha is now on the brink of a move to Arsenal after an extended run of good form, with the player desperate to join the club he supported as a child.

2011/12 – Phil Jones – £17.35m

Phil Jones has enjoyed mixed success since joining Sir Alex Ferguson’s United from Blackburn in 2011.

The 27-year-old has won both a Premier League and FA Cup title but failed to live up to Ferguson’s 2013 claim that: “Arguably, the way he is looking, he could be Manchester United’s best ever player.”

2010/11 – Chris Smalling – £7.20m

Chris Smalling joined United after making just 19 appearances for Fulham across two seasons.

The 29-year-old has won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup, but has never fully won over his doubters despite winning the Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year in 2016.


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