Harry Maguire’s impact at Manchester United has already been huge, claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after the manager listed a number of ways in which his abilities and character traits had caught the eye.
The England defender – the world’s most expensive defender at £80m – impressed in the 4-0 victory over Chelsea in the opening Premier League weekend, earning the man of the match award and even earning plaudits from the usually-hard-to-please Jose Mourinho, who was working as a pundit.
Reports in the media claim Maguire has already established himself as ‘leader’ in the Red Devils’ dressing room and Solskjaer admits he is “very good to have around”.
On Maguire, Solskjaer listed six ways in which he has impressed United’s coaching staff, telling a press conference to preview Monday’s match at Wolves: “He’s very level headed, just as composed off the pitch as on it, experienced a big presence around the place, smiling, a personality you like to have around and cool head at the back is important.
“Defenders level headed and not emotionally affected is great for a manager and the team, he’s been very good to have around.”
On United‘s mentality, Solskjaer added: “We’ve had a good pre-season, fitness is better, we’ve got a young team that will give us energy and then toward end of last season we were mentally tired now mentally fresh.
“I’m looking forward to the first hurdle, the resilience robustness, bouncing back when the going gets tough and I’m sure it will be on Monday.
“Wolves will give us a hard challenge, just as much a mental test, we’re in a good place at the moment and when you hit the first hurdle and obstacle you want to see the leaders, anyone can play well when you’re winning 3-0 or 4-0.”
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