Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that one of the main reasons why he has brought Harry Maguire to Manchester United is the defender’s ability to remain calm under pressure.
The 26-year-old has signed a six-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option of an additional year, after completing his £80million transfer from Leicester City.
Maguire, who is now the most expensive defender in the world, is Solskjaer’s third summer signing following the earlier arrivals of Daniel James from Swansea City and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. Solskjaer said: “Harry is one of the best centre-backs in the game today and I am delighted we have secured his signature.
“He is a great reader of the game and has a strong presence on the pitch with the ability to remain calm under pressure – coupled with his composure on the ball and a huge presence in both boxes – I can see he will fit well into this group both on and off the pitch.”
United now have seven centre-backs on their books and are believed to be keen to sell Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
Former Sheffield United and Hull City defender Maguire spent two seasons with Leicester, scoring five goals in 76 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes. He has won 20 caps for England and was an important member of the Three Lions squad that reached the semi-finals of last year’s World Cup.
Manchester United are available at 29.00 to win the Premier League title in 2019/20 and 2.20 to beat Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.