MANCHESTER UNITED have no choice but to splash out on Leicester star Harry Maguire – but he alone is not the answer to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s problems.
That’s according to ESPN pundit Steve Nicol, who does not rate central defender as highly as Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds shelled out £75m to land the Dutchman in January 2018 and Leicester are now demanding £5m more from Manchester United for England international Maguire.
Solskjaer wants to sign a reliable partner for Victor Lindelof after deeming Chris Smalling and Phil Jones not good enough as first-choice options.
And Nicol says the lack of available top-class central defenders means United must sign Maguire, even if he is over-priced at £80m.
“Manchester United have no choice,” Nicol said on ESPN FC.
“They have to go and get Harry Maguire because if they don’t they’re going to have a huge hole at the back.
“Don’t get me wrong, Harry Maguire is a great player, but he’s not the best in the Premier League, that’s for sure.
“I don’t think he’s close to [Virgil] Van Dijk.
“The problem is there aren’t that many good centre-backs around.
“Manchester United find themselves in a position where they have no choice but to go and spend money.
“Leicester absolutely have them dangling on the end of a string.
“If Leicester want to sell, Manchester United are going to have to pay a lot of money.
“He will help them towards [the top four]– they need an awful lot more than just one centre-back.
“But he will definitely, defensively, make a difference.
“The guy leads, there’s no question, the guy’s reliable, you know what you’re getting.
“He’s a proven commodity in the Premier League and he’d be a great signing.
“But they need way more than Harry Maguire.”