In a recent interview with talkSPORT, Danny Murphy was very vocal in his belief that Harry Maguire should try and push through a transfer to Manchester United this summer.
United are looking to bolster their centre-back options this summer with Maguire one of their targets thanks to a super World Cup with England.
‘You’ve got to try and make it happen’
Murphy told talkSPORT,
“I think the lad would be crazy to not try and make it happen,”
“You’ve got to try and make it happen, you might never get the opportunity to sign for Man United.
“You have to (try) yeah, sometimes you have to push.
“I’ve been there once or twice and it’s a difficult situation to be in that is.
“There’s always a degree of loyalty expected from supporters, but I’m not saying he should conduct himself badly or be an idiot in trying to move, what I’m saying is if Manchester United come in for you and you play for Leicester,
“Whatever you want to say about Leicester and I like everything they’ve done and they’re now a very well-established club with a great transfer scouting network there and use it very well, but you have to be forthright with what you want in life sometimes.
“The only way you get what you want at times is by verbalising it in a mature way.
“I’m not suggesting he should start threatening anything or do anything stupid.
“But there is an obligation as a footballer to go to the hierarchy of a club if you want something to happen and they don’t.”
After Manchester City comfortably won the Premier League this past season, it was clear Manchester United needed to invest if they want to truly challenge for the title in the upcoming season.
United have certainly been trying to do so as they have been linked with numerous players already this transfer window.
The Red Devils have signed Porto right-back Diogo Dalot. And they have also signed Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred for around £50 million and signing Maguire would certainly help improve their defence next season.
However, one area they have yet to address is the centre-back. United’s centre-backs did not exactly have the greatest 2017/18 season.
Players like Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo would spend much of the 2017/18 season on the sideline with injuries.
The centre-backs that were fit for most of the season such as Phil Jones and Victor Lindelöf were not exactly on top form and at times would put in some very questionable displays.
So, it is clear United are in need of some fresh legs at centre-back if they wish to challenge Manchester City this summer and Maguire could well be exactly what they need.