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‘He’s not a leader’ Man United urged to replace Maguire

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Former United star Paul Parker has claimed Harry Maguire is not good enough to lead the club and should even be replaced.

Once again, Harry Maguire has come under criticism from a former United player.

Many raised eyebrows when the Red Devils coughed out a world-record fee to sign the Englishman from Leicester in the summer of 2019.

Even more eye-catching was the fact that Maguire was named United captain in less than six months after he joined the club.

Ashley Young’s departure to Inter Milan paved way for the 27-year-old to take the club’s prestigious armband.

Fast forward to the present and Maguire is yet to live up to his ‘reputation’.

The United captain is yet to bring any solidity to their backline. In fact, the Red Devils have conceded the most goals in the Premier League of any side in the top nine.

On a personal level, Maguire has been found suspect in defence on a number of occasions. Some of his mistakes have cost his side precious points. It’s often said that the 27-year-old needs a new partner but Paul Parker claims he needs to be replaced completely.

Ex-United star Parker said as per The Sun: “Despite the position that Manchester United find themselves in the Premier League, they still need to strengthen in the transfer market this summer.

“Regarding the centre-backs, people talk about bringing in a new partner for Harry Maguire, but I would look at bringing in two centre-backs, why can’t it be a player who comes in and plays alongside Victor Lindeloff?”

“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.”

United recently suffered a shock loss to Sheffield United and Maguire was more or less at fault for the opposition goal.

Parker continued: “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.”

“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 centre back, it was great business by Leicester.”