Harry Maguire: Manchester United’s record signing’s shirt number revealed. The most expensive defender in the world has already picked a number.
Manchester United shattered the world record fee of £75million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk 18 months ago in a bid to bring Harry Maguire to Old Trafford. By paying £80million to Leicester City, United have made the English centre back the most expensive defender in the world.
United suffered a heap last campaign with their backline leaking goals at crucial moments. The Red Devils were keen to fix their defence and have paid world record fees in doing so. They will hope that Maguire does for them what Virgil Van Dijk did for Liverpool.
Harry Maguire’s shirt number revealed
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 5, 2019
Maguire completed his medical over the weekend at United’s Carrington training base. United confirmed the signing in the afternoon. Brian Gunn, who works for his agency Triple S, sent a congratulatory tweet towards Maguire wherein he confirmed that the Centre back would sport the no.5 jersey. The number 5 shirt belonged to Marcus Rojo. However, the Argentine vacated the shirt after moving on to number 16.
I’ve watched this lad more than most over the past 8 years! What a guy, what a player!! Delighted for @HarryMaguire93 and his family on his record breaking move to @ManUtd. Well done to @Kennethshep2 & all @TripleSSports for getting it over the line!! #GloryGlory pic.twitter.com/4j7OaffvHm
— Bryan James Gunn (@MrGunny1963) August 5, 2019
Harry Maguire has signed a 6-year contract with United. There is also an option to extend the contract for a year. This means that United think of him as a long-term deal and will hope to get the most out of his services. Maguire, who may make his debut in the season opener against Chelsea, will also want to do United right for putting their trust in him.
Apart from Maguire, United have also signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James. Bissaka and James look like good prospects and may become the backbone of the team in the years to come. However, Maguire is expected to drastically improve United and immediately so. Fans will hope that he will come through. Maybe then, the no.5 shirt will hold reverence in the club when he decides to call it a day.
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