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

Paola Ditto
Августа 13, 2019

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.

David Moyes revealed his was put off signing Harry Maguire at Manchester United in 2013 because of concerns over his size.

Former Manchester United manager, David Moyes, had a keen eye for lower-league talent.

Moyes told talkSPORT: "We didn't try to sign him 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.

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

'To be fair he looks in terrific shape and he hasn't changed at all really, ' he added.

"When I went to United, we had [Nemanja] Vidic, Rio [Ferdinand], Jonny Evans, Michael Keane, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling so for us to go and buy another young centre half wasn't the biggest thing we needed at the time".

'And Harry Maguire has had to go on his journey.

Maguire's journey from Sheffield to Manchester has taken him via Hull and Leicester.

"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".

Maguire won man-of-the-match on his United debut, helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side keep a clean sheet in their 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea and has been compared to Virgil van Dijk by Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness. He might have struggled then'. David Moyes was a great manager for Everton and I still respect and admire him to this day, but that is by the far the most weird judgement call I've heard of. "I think he is sensational, I think he is everything you want in a centre-half today".

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