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Paul Parker says Harry Maguire isn’t a leader

Former Manchester United right-back Paul Parker told the Sun that current club captain Harry Maguire isn’t a leader.

The England international, who became the most expensive defender in the world after being bought by the Red Devils, became the club’s captain within a matter of months.

This season he has made 34 appearances across all competitions, netting twice against Newcastle United and Sheffield United.

Maguire has been a regular starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but Parker has been far from convinced with him.

The former England international says that the 27-year-old is not a leader and United need to bring in reinforcements to help him improve.

Parker said: “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.

“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 £80 million, the club didn’t buy an £80 million 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.”

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The main issue with United’s centre-backs is their consistency. Both Maguire and Lindelof have had some really good games this season but there have been times when they followed an 8 or 9/10 performance by a 4 or 5/10 one.

Signing a quality centre-back like Dayot Upamecano or Jules Kounde could well force the duo to improve their consistency.

As far as leadership is concerned, it is fair to say that Maguire is not a bad captain but it would be more fitting for Bruno Fernandes to wear the armband.

The Portuguese international has had a massive impact on United since joining them and his mentality makes him a suitable candidate to become the club’s skipper.