Liverpool legend Graeme Souness is of the opinion that Harry Maguire’s imminent signing for Manchester United could prove to be a game-changer for the Red Devils, as Dutch centre-back Virgil Van Dijk has been for Liverpool.
Maguire has been linked with a move to the Red Devils throughout this summer after being tracked by Manchester City last year.
After weeks of speculation and negotiation, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Friday the Foxes and United had reached an agreement over a fee for the centre-back.
And the iconic Souness expects Maguire to make a huge difference to this United team. As reported by AS, while speaking to Omnisport at Brighton and Hove Pride on behalf of PaddyPower, Souness said: “I’m a big fan (of Maguire and Van Dijk), they’re the best two centre-backs out there at this time.”
He continued, “I really like Maguire. Anyone who gets him, well that’s now United, he will improve them. Will it be five per cent, two per cent, 10 per cent?”
Revealing how a good defence improves a team drastically by citing Liverpool’s example, Souness stated, “Van Dijk, along with the Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, they improved Liverpool enormously. All of a sudden, they weren’t vulnerable at the back and that spreads throughout the team, and you become a far more solid unit.”
He concluded, “I suppose United will be hoping Maguire does a Van Dijk and brings them all along, makes everyone feel better about themselves and play better.”
United are reported to be paying £80m, which will see Maguire take over Van Dijk as the world’s most expensive defender.
There was a major outrage at the £75m fee paid by Liverpool for Van Dijk at the time, but he was instrumental in turning Liverpool into European champions as well as pushing City all the way in the Premier League title race last season.