Harry Maguire can have same impact at Manchester United as Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool, explains Jonny Evans


By Daniel Sandford

13th August 2019,
11:11 am

Harry Maguire can have a similar impact at Manchester United to the one Virgil van Dijk has had at Liverpool, according to former team-mate Jonny Evans.

Maguire, who arrived from Leicester City for £80million, was man-of-the-match on his Premier League debut as Man United beat Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford.

Maguire was solid in defence on his Premier League debut

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Maguire was solid in defence on his Premier League debut

The England international is now the world’s most expensive defender, surpassing the £75m Liverpool paid for Van Dijk in 2018, and Evans sees similarities between the two.

“You can see comparisons in their games (Maguire and Van Dijk),”said Evans, who spent a season at Leicester with Maguire.

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“Both are great on the ball, and Harry has got explosive pace people don’t see,” he said.

“He is powerful, good in the air, everyone will compare the transfer fees but it’s so difficult to judge transfer fees nowadays.

“We are all human and it is weird we get traded for money. In the transfer market it’s all supply and demand and things can go up and down at any moment.”

Maguire made more interceptions, tackles and blocks than any other player on Sunday and Evans, who played 198 times for United, believes he is just what the club needs.

Jonny Evans was Maguire’s team-mate at Leicester


Jonny Evans was Maguire’s team-mate at Leicester

“The most important thing is for him to be judged on how he plays. I don’t have any worries about him there.

“He is tailor-made for Man United, it was a great move for him. He’s a player they needed.

“He’s got a really likeable nature about him. He will be a real hit there, he is a fantastic player.”

Maguire was roundly praised by Jose Mourinho and Gary Neville, while former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot said the new No.5 has a similar aura to United legend Rio Ferdinand.


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