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Monday, 12 August 2019

Man United’s Harry Maguire compared to Virgil Van Dijk & did Man City make a mistake not signing him – Gary Neville

Gary Neville podcast is back

Following Man United’s terrific 4-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday at Old Trafford, Gary Neville recorded his first podcast of the season.

One of the central issues for Neville was analysis of Harry Maguire’s debut performance for United against the Blues.

Maguire was thrusted into the Man United XI following his 80 million pounds move from Leicester.

Man United’s Harry Maguire vs Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk

Maguire’s transfer to Old Trafford eclipsed the 75 million pounds Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk.

It seems clear that United’s new centre-half will be continuously contrasted and compared to VVD.

Following the Chelsea game, Gary Neville offered his thoughts on Maguire vs Van Dijk:

Maguire looks secure and he looks strong. Every time the ball came near him in the air he won it and he never looked any different to how he was for England or Leicester.

I think that was the main thing; coming here with a huge price tag in a big game as a Manchester United player for the first time it didn’t look like anything had changed.

He has a really good temperament. The hope is that he doesn’t just do his job, but he is a catalyst for strengthening the whole team.

The great centre-backs I played with didn’t just help themselves during the game, they also had a big impact on others. We have spoken about Virgil van Dijk doing that at Liverpool.

It’s too early to say Maguire will make the same difference as Van Dijk, but there’s a chance.

Did Man City make mistake in not signing Maguire?

Throughout the summer, Man City were also linked to Maguire.

However, in the end the Sky Blues reportedly withdrew from the transfer chase as they decided the price tag was too high.

Gary Neville offered his thoughts on whether Man City may have made a mistake in not signing Maguire:

Manchester City wanted Maguire and Manchester United won him and they so needed him.

A character, a personality, a leader, a dominant force, he will bring stability to the club for the next five or six years.

Neville also suggested that Maguire would have been a superb replacement for Vincent Kompany at the Etihad Stadium.

Listen to the podcast

Also see: Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk doubts whether Chelsea are actual Premier League ‘rivals’

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