Gary Neville says it is “only early” but Harry Maguire showed all the “qualities” of a top centre back on his debut for Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was impressed by Maguire’s debut as the defender was named man of the match, where Marcus Rashford’s double complemented goals from Anthony Martial and another debutant Daniel James.
On Maguire‘s performance against Frank Lampard’s side, Neville tweeted on Monday morning: “I loved Maguire yesterday. Top centre backs don’t sweat, look calm, don’t spend time on their backsides, win headers, are composed on the ball, cover others and lead by example.
“It’s only early but he demonstrated all those qualities. No sign of the price tag or Old Trafford phasing him either!”
I loved Maguire yesterday . Top CB’s don’t sweat , look calm , don’t spend time on their backsides, win headers,are composed on the ball, cover others and lead by example. It’s only early but he demonstrated all those qualities. No sign of the price tag or OT phasing him either!
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 12, 2019
Maguire said there was room for improvement, but was delighted to make a winning start on his debut for United.
“It’s a great start for myself and obviously the team,” Maguire told Sky Sports. “We rode our luck a little bit in the first half, we gave them too many chances and were sloppy on the ball.
“In the second half we were a lot better, were much more like ourselves and controlled the game and we fully deserved the three points.
“It was the first game of the season at Old Trafford, so there were few nerves in the first half. We didn’t handle the ball well enough and gave it away in dangerous areas.
“But in the second half we kept it better, moved it nicely and if you give it to our front three you’ve always got a chance of scoring because they’re so dangerous.”