Harry Maguire Reportedly Requested for "English-Speaking" Player as His Defensive Partner at Manchester United

By Amreen
Harry Maguire reportedly wants Manchester United to sign an "English-speaking defender"
Harry Maguire reportedly wants Manchester United to sign an "English-speaking defender" / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Harry Maguire has reportedly requested that Manchester United sign an "English-speaking defender" in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has chosen to rotate Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof alongside Maguire at the heart of United's defence, but as the club look to get the balance right, the former Leicester man has reportedly expressed his preferences.

According to Duncan Castles, who was speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, the United captain has asked for an English-speaking or English-born defender to "complement him" in defence. Castles claims that Maguire wants his defensive partner to be able to "understand English football culture" and has suggested Brighton centre-back Ben White as a target for United.

The Red Devils have also been linked with Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres, while Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is another option on their radar. Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Solskjaer "does not trust" his team's defence and has been using midfielders to provide cover for the defensive line.

United legends including Rio Ferdinand have spoken up on Solskjaer's obsession with playing two defensive midfielders. Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, the 42-year-old United legend said: "If I had one question to ask Ole, that would be it. Why do you keep playing two holding midfielders? Why do you keep playing two defensive midfielders in this team?"

He concluded, "We're playing with one less player in an attacking position all the time. Other teams have more players attacking against us because of the amount of players they can release to go forward because of the confidence they've got in their defenders. I'd love the answer to that question. That would be one of my big questions for him, 100 per cent."