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Man United: Harry Maguire ‘is not a leader’ and Solskjaer should consider replacing captain

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Harry Maguire ‘is not a leader’ and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should consider replacing his captain, says former Manchester United defender Paul Parker.

The two-time Premier League champion says the England defender has failed to live up to his £80million price tag. 

Manchester United want to sign a long-term defensive partner for Maguire but Parker believes there are serious questions about his future role in the team.

Manchester United want to sign a long-term defensive partner for Harry Maguire

Manchester United want to sign a long-term defensive partner for Harry Maguire

The ex-England international, 56, told 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 Lindelof?

‘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.

‘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.

The £80m defender was at fault as Everton grabbed a late equaliser at Old Trafford

The £80m defender was at fault as Everton grabbed a late equaliser at Old Trafford

‘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.

‘Despite the position that Manchester United find themselves in the Premier League, they still need to strengthen in the transfer market this summer.

‘Bringing in competition for places always helps players to improve their game. You look at Luke Shaw this season, he has really upped his game since the signing of Alex Telles.’

Paul Parker was speaking on behalf of GrandNational.org

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should consider replacing Maguire, says former defender Paul Parker

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should consider replacing Maguire, says former defender Paul Parker

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