United reach agreement with Foxes over Maguire

Manchester United are 5-4 with Betway to finish in the Premier League's top four this season after reaching an agreement with Leicester City for defender Harry Maguire.

The England international is set to join the Red Devils, who are a best-priced 40-1 for the title, for £80 million, which will be a world-record fee for a defender.

Maguire will become United's third acquisition this window after they signed Daniel James from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and he plugs a notably weak area of the team.

United's league goals-conceded tally of 54 was their worst since 1978-79 and in Maguire they have added a centre-back with international experience and proven Premier League pedigree.

He edged all four of Manchester United's existing centre-backs - Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly - in terms of average number of duels won, clearances made and passes completed in the Premier League last season.

With United's new recruitment approach evidently geared towards bringing in younger homegrown talent, having a player such as Maguire to lead at the back will be crucial.

Many expect United to do battle with Chelsea and Arsenal for what will likely be the final Champions League spot next term.

While there are other areas which still need attending to, United supporters can at least take solace in the fact they now have a top-class centre back marshalling their rearguard.

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  • Three of Liverpool’s four Premier League away victories have been by one-goal margins
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Liverpool have won their first eight Premier League games to take full control of the title race and the Reds are likely to extend their run when they take on toiling Manchester United at Old Trafford. Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t won at the home of their old rivals since the 2013-14 campaign but this current United team is in a rut. A 4-0 win against Chelsea on the opening day proved to be a false dawn for the Red Devils, who have since won just one of their seven league outings. Liverpool have not been taking teams apart away from Anfield, winning by one goal at Southampton, Chelsea and Sheffield United.

 

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