Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane believes Harry Maguire’s lack of pace to provide cover for his teammates is a major concern despite the Red Devils having paid £80m to sign the player from Leicester this summer.
The United legend was assessing England’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria yesterday as a pundit when he voiced his concerns about the potential flaws in the centre-back’s game:
“We were talking about how good he is on the ball, but defensively I still think he’s… I still have one or two question marks over him.”
“I always worry about his pace on the turn, I remember the first goal against Crystal Palace where he’s not doing the basics – covering round his other centre-half. Listen he’s 26 years of age now, you’re worried if you’re pointing these things out to him.”
Maguire is certainly no slouch, and it must be said you don’t have to be blessed with an abundance of pace if you have excellent positioning and anticipation.
He showed on his debut against Chelsea on the opening day that he is very capable of putting in a commanding display but it is too early in the England international’s fledgeling career at Old Trafford to make any sweeping judgements.
We will have to wait and see over the course of the season how Maguire improves the team’s backline.