Kleberson Anticipating ‘Tough Moments’ for Harry Maguire
Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson says that United’s new £80m defender Harry Maguire can expect some ‘tough moments’ in his Old Trafford career.
The England international joined the club in August for a fee that is a world record for a defender.
Kleberson, who endured a tough time in England when he signed in 2003, thinks Maguire has some stiff challenges to overcome yet.
Harry Maguire is a big name for any English club,” Kleberson told Your-promotional- code. “In the World Cup he did a good job, but he’s going to have a few tough moments in one on one’s and his pace is not the best.
“United need to ensure he’s helped by a strong midfield, to help cover him and defend as a unit. I don’t know if he will manage to cover on his own like at times against Chelsea.”
Kleberson added: “Maguire has moved for a lot of money but I think the defenders aren’t as good in the league as they were a few years ago, therefore teams need to pay more.
“With Maguire and [Victor] Lindelof, I don’t know if [Chris] Smalling and [Phil] Jones need to leave but of course their opportunities to play will be a bit less. Especially as the new defenders have played very well in their first opportunity.”