Former Manchester United full-back Paul parker claims Harry Maguire ‘plays the game for himself’. He needs competition.


Despite United smashing a world-record, £80 million for the English center-back in the summer of 2019, Parker insists he is not the answer. He insists Manchester United’s problems in continue due to Maguire’s lack of competitor.

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane  speculate move to the Red Devils is thought to partner Maguire in the center-back. However, Parker suggests United should focus on who plays next to Victor Lindelof.

“Despite the position that Manchester United find themselves in the Premier League, they still need to strengthen in the transfer market this summer.

“Bringing in competition for places always helps players to improve their game. You look at Luke Shaw this season, he has really upped his game since the signing of Alex Telles,” Parker suggested.

Parker added that Maguire was never the answer. He said that he lacks the required leadership and ‘plays the game for himself.’

“Regarding the center backs, people talk about bringing in a new partner for Harry Maguire. But I would look at bringing in two center backs.” He posed, “Why can’t it be a player who comes in and plays alongside Victor Lindelof?”

“Harry Maguire is not a leader; he plays the game for himself.  He sits way too deep, he dribbles for the sake of dribbling and runs himself into cul-de-sacs,” he added.

“The goal against Sheffield United, he put David De Gea in a terrible position, and he made a terrible clearance which people then blamed the goalkeeper. Sometimes you need to look at the build-up to see the mistakes,” he pointed.

The 1993/94 premier league winner with Manchester United admits that he has always been unsure about Maguire.

“I have always been unsure about Maguire since the day Manchester United signed him. When they paid £80m, the club didn’t buy an £80m center-back; it was great business by Leicester City,” he said.

Despite the two center-backs keeping a run of 3 clean sheet in the premier league Parker claim they need competition.