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Man Utd star Harry Maguire has the potential to be Dream Team’s outright best defender this season

Now let’s be honest – selecting defenders isn’t the most glamorous task for Dream Team bosses.

The majority of time is often spent trying to cram Harry Kane (£7m), Bruno Fernandes (£6.5m), Kevin De Bruyne (£6m), Sadio Mane (£5.5m) and Mohamed Salah (£6m) into the same squad – tried it, doesn’t work.

But ignore defence at your peril.

Eight of the top 22 highest-scorers last season were defenders and Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo (£5m) registered more points than Diogo Jota (£4m) and Jack Grealish (£4.5m) combined!


Harry Maguire scored 184 points last season

Harry Maguire scored 184 points last season

Cancelo, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.5m) and Andrew Robertson (£4m) will likely be viewed as the ‘must haves’ heading into the 2021-22 campaign.

But a familiar face with an extraordinarily large head might just prove the best option for hat manufacturers gaffers this season.

That’s right, Harry Maguire (£4.5m).

The Manchester United captain earned 184 points and finished the campaign as the fifth highest-scoring defender in Dream Team last year.

In fact, Maguire was 16th in the entire game – beating the likes of Raheem Sterling (£4.5m), Ilkay Gundogan (£4.5m) and Jamie Vardy (£4m) with a fraction of the ownership.

The 28-year-old was an ever-present under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having played every minute of every Premier League fixture up until his ankle injury.

Manchester United’s Harry Maguire is priced at £4.5m

Manchester United’s Harry Maguire is priced at £4.5m

And his dominant displays at the European Championships – where he helped England reach their first major final in 55 years – prove that his fitness needn’t be of concern.

Put bluntly – if he’s fit, he starts.

Priced at £4.5m, Maguire could represent an even better option this season given United’s new additions.

The Red Devils splashed out £115million on Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho (£4.5m) and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane

Sancho should help United sustain pressure upfield and has a wicked set-piece delivery, while Varane’s arrival should see an increase to last year’s tally of 13 clean sheets.

Varane and Maguire could hit the ground running in their partnership with a generous opening six fixtures against Leeds, Southampton, Wolves, Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa.

Of course, clean sheets aren’t the only source of points for Maguire.

The centre-back scored twice and produce two assists in the 2020-21 campaign and registered 36 attempts on goal – a record bettered only by Stuart Dallas (£3m) and Alexander-Arnold.


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