Harry Maguire’s impact at Manchester United is evident since his arrival. The centre-back was a late addition to the roster and as of such wasn’t a part of their successful pre-season tour.
Those games had already set the precedent for the brilliance of other signings Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
However, during his display against Chelsea last Sunday, Maguire proved why he didn’t require any warm-up with his new teammates.
The British centre-back fit like a glove into United’s ethos and succeeded in plugging a defensive hole that has plagued the side for seasons altogether.
Now, it appears as if his impact is quite strong even off the pitch.
The Sun quotes an Old Trafford source to have stated the following: “He’s the leader United have missed for some time. The players were immediately excited by the prospect of him arriving. He’s given the back-four renewed confidence, not just by his ability but his words.”
The same source adds that Maguire is proving to be a massive presence in the dressing-room as well, emerging as a natural leader. Many have already speculated that he will don the club’s captain armband in the following season.
While it is certain that his sole outing at Old Trafford is a rather small sample space to be hyped about, the clear-cut signs of a modern defender were evident.
A defensive maestro like Jose Mourinho himself was quite impressed with the 26-year-old’s debut performance and that alone ought to go a long way in basing the potential of the defender.
Ever since the golden era of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Matic ended alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, United have lost their dynamic as a balanced side.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club seems to have a strong chance of retaining that ethos. They next face Wolves on Monday and that will be the true test of consistency for Maguire and his teammates.