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Maguire backs Sancho to be a ‘real star’ for Man Utd after protracted £73m transfer


The Red Devils captain is delighted to have a fellow England international on board as major silverware is sought in 2021-22

Harry Maguire is backing Jadon Sancho to be a “real star” for Manchester United after seeing a £73 million ($101m) move to Old Trafford wrapped up.

After several windows of intense speculation, the Red Devils have finally got their man after putting a big-money agreement in place with Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho’s exploits in Germany suggest that he should thrive back in his homeland, with Maguire expecting a fellow England international to take the Premier League by storm.

What has been said?

United’s captain has told Sky Sports of the potential Sancho possesses: “I think he’s been linked with us for a couple of seasons now and it felt a bit like my transfer when I was joining Manchester United, where it didn’t happen one season but the following season we managed to get it over the line.

“I’m really excited for him, he’s an exceptional talent. He’s the type of player – with the confidence he has – who can be a real star for this club and I feel like in the future and the success we have, he can have a big part to play.”

Will Sancho help to deliver silverware?

Alongside Sancho, United have also put a deal in place for World Cup-winning France international defender Raphael Varane.

Harry Maguire Manchester United 2021-22

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not ruling out further additions being made before the next deadline passes on August 31, and Maguire admits the time has come for the Red Devils to land a first piece of silverware since 2017.

An ambitious character said: “I think this season is going to be more competitive than ever. We’ve strengthened and the other clubs around us have strengthened as well. There’s a lot of great teams in this league.

“You’ve seen in the past that those fine margins can create a 10-point gap from where you were last season.

“Of course, Manchester City won the league last season and they’re a top team. They’ve obviously signed Jack [Grealish], who I know really well, he’s a top player so they’re going to be strong.

“Chelsea, Liverpool too – whoever puts good runs together and remains focused, but the most important thing for us is concentrating on ourselves. We’ve got to improve on last season and we’ll aim to do that.”

Maguire added: “We’ve made progress in terms of what we’ve done as a club and who we can compete against – the top teams around the world – and that’s where we’re at now,” Maguire said.

“Of course, this is the time when we need to start delivering. We need to start winning trophies because we’ve proved over the past couple of years that we can be competitive again.”

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