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Newcastle United Could Go Back In For This Man United Defender: Good Option For Howe?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail mentioned that Newcastle United could go back in for Manchester United defender Harry Maguire. It has been stated that the Magpies have reignited their interest in recruiting the English centre-half this month.

Maguire’s Important Role At Old Trafford Last Season

Maguire played a crucial role in Man United’s squad in the previous campaign as he managed to put in a few impressive displays for them on the defensive end of the field. The 30-year-old made 31 appearances for the Red Devils last season, receiving nine yellow cards across various competitions.

The Sheffield-born talent proved his worth as a decent centre-back by averaging 0.5 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 2.6 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He was even accurate when distributing possession from the back after making 85.4% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

His current deal at the Mancunian club will expire in the summer of 2025. Thus, Newcastle will have to make a convincing offer if they are serious about signing Maguire this month.

Harry Maguire
DUBLIN, IRELAND – AUGUST 6: Harry Maguire of Manchester in action during the pre season friendly match between Manchester United and Athletic Bilbao at Aviva Stadium on August 6, 2023 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Is Maguire A Good Option For Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe?

Maguire can scan the danger quickly to secure the ball back for his side inside his half. He doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the front foot. Maguire is proficient at playing in both centre-half positions.

The English defensive ace can even play his way out from the back. Standing at 1.94m, he can use his robust frame to win his fair share of aerial duels for his team.

Someone with Maguire’s skillset and experience would enhance the quality of Newcastle boss Eddie Howe’s first XI. He is good enough to challenge Fabian Schar and Sven Botman for a regular starting spot at St. James’ Park this season.

At 30, Maguire has still got enough left in his tank to be a success story at the Tyneside club. He knows the Premier League well by now and won’t take any time to adjust to life at Newcastle. Thus, Maguire would be a great option for the Magpies to pursue during this summer transfer window as long as they can get him for a fair price.

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