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Manchester United Defender Set For A New Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

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Manchester United (Harry Maguire)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Harry Maguire of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on September 25, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

In a recent report, the Daily Mirror claimed that Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is set for a new contract. It is understood that the Red Devils are willing to offer the English centre-back a fresh deal that would make him one of the highest earners at Old Trafford.

Maguire’s Impressive Run Of Form At The Theatre Of Dreams

Maguire has already produced some solid displays at the centre of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence and is enjoying playing with his new centre-half partner Raphael Varane, who arrived from Real Madrid last summer. The 28-year-old has participated in seven matches for Man United but is currently out of action with a calf injury.

The 28-year-old has performed well to average 1.0 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 4.2 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football. Maguire has even been tidy when interchanging possession with his teammates from the back after he completed 87.2% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Manchester United (Harry Maguire)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Harry Maguire of Man Utd passes the ball during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on September 19, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Maguire Set To Be Offered A New Contract At Manchester United: Good Move For Both Parties?

Maguire can use his robust 1.94m frame to dominate his penalty box with authority and conviction. He can time his challenges well to make some important interceptions inside his half. The English defender also doesn’t take too many risks with his clearances and is usually a good passer of the ball as well. He managed to strike up a good defensive partnership with Raphael Varane at Old Trafford prior to his recent injury.

Maguire has played an influential role in Solskjaer’s first XI, so he deserves a pay-rise and a fresh long-term contract. Manchester United can also benefit from securing his future as they need someone of his skill set and experience to marshall their backline in the coming seasons. Furthermore, Maguire is a natural leader who has shown that he can get the best out of his teammates when he is playing with confidence on the field.

Thus, it seems like a good move for both the player and the Mancunian club as they look to bring some success back to Old Trafford in the not-too-distant future. At 28, Maguire is playing at his prime and still has plenty of football left in him to function at top gear.