Harry Maguire in action against Chelsea.

Why Maguire is already a great influence

Friday 16 August 2019 12:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has emphasised the importance of having a level-headed figure like Harry Maguire in his Manchester United squad.

The defender only completed his move from Leicester City at the start of last week and was a composed presence at the back alongside Victor Lindelof when making his debut a few days later, in last Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Ahead of Monday’s trip to Wolves, the boss spoke glowingly of his recent recruit and described the significance of having a character like his within the group.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says

"He's experienced, he's a big presence around the place, he's smiling and he's a personality that you like to have around. To have a cool head at the back is important."

“He’s very level-headed,” Ole told reporters in Friday’s press conference at the Aon Training Complex. “He's just as composed off the pitch as he is on the pitch.

“He's experienced, he's a big presence around the place, he's smiling and he's a personality that you like to have around.

"To have a cool head at the back is important. The defenders who are level headed and not too emotionally affected are great to have, for a manager and for a team.

“Harry's only been here for a little bit more than a week and he's been very good to have around [the club].”


Maguire’s arrival, added to the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, has obviously bolstered Ole's defensive options and the boss feels his midfielders and forwards could also benefit if he's able to select a solid back four.

When asked if Fred could be among the beneficiaries, Solskjaer replied: “Your team will always play better if you're settled, have a good foundation and you’re not conceding goals.

“I think the good teams I played in always had a strong base with the keeper and a settled back line. We hope to provide that for our attackers and midfielders, including Fred, of course.”

Fred in training this week, ahead of Monday's match at Wolves.

Fred missed part of our pre-season campaign after he was granted time off by Ole to get married, but the Brazilian midfielder is back in the fold now and could feature against Wolves - the opponents on the receiving end of his first United goal.
"We believe that he's going to have a big season," the boss added.

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