Former Man Utd defender suspects Ralf Rangnick will consider selling star player

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Former Man Utd defender suspects Ralf Rangnick will consider selling star player
© Provided by Metro Harry Maguire has endured a difficult season for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker suspects the Premier League club will consider selling Harry Maguire in the summer.

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England star Maguire has endured a difficult season at Old Trafford and was dropped for Saturday’s goalless draw with Watford.

The 28-year-old became the most expensive defender in history when he completed a £80m move from Leicester City in 2019 and was appointed United’s club captain within six months of joining.

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But while Maguire has thrived for England and helped Gareth Southgate’s side reach the Euro 2020 final last summer, there remains doubts over his ability and Parker says United could be open to selling him at the end of the season.

‘In my opinion, if Manchester United were to get somewhere near to their money back on Harry Maguire, I think they’ll have to think about it,’ the former Red Devils and England star told the Daily Express.

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‘I think with [Victor] Lindelof and [Raphael] Varane, they could build something there maybe, in a mode of what they’re looking for and where the club wants to be.

‘You’re talking about players who are definitely more agile, a little bit quicker, better defenders in one against one situations and I think you have to look at it that way.

Former Man Utd defender suspects Ralf Rangnick will consider selling star player
© Provided by Metro Ralf Rangnick has been tipped to sell Maguire this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t know if it’s going to happen. Me, personally, for United to go forward, that’s the starting area.

‘But again the same old scenario – you don’t want the manager coming in and all of a sudden, he comes in, he wants to do stuff and then he stops, the people above stop him from doing what he wants to do and then United go through the same stories.’

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has been among those to question Maguire in recent weeks and has questioned whether his former club can win titles with the England star and Victor Lindelof in the side.

‘I think there can be improvements. I think Lindelof is a good player, a solid player. Is he gonna enable you to win the league? I don’t know,’ Ferdinand said on his YouTube show, Vibe with Five.

‘Is Maguire going to enable you to win the league? That’s the question as well. Because the thing about someone like Ralf and all the top teams now, when they play now, they play on the front foot and are aggressive and wanna win the ball high.

‘So, you need defenders who can defend on the halfway line, one-v-one, two-v-two – or three against two if you need that security.

‘If you can play two-v-two one-v-one or on the halfway line, that enables you to have more bodies in the opponent’s half of the pitch, hence why teams do that to win the ball early and be closer to the opposition’s goal to score goals.

‘Liverpool do it tremendously well, City do it really, really well as well, Bayern [Munich] do it; three of the best teams on the planet. Everyone’s going that way of playing football, Ralf Rangnick’s style of football is like that.

’It’s not like a job – it’s like a second home. Can Maguire do that, can you do that with Maguire? That’s my problem, that’s my issue.’

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