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Man Utd will struggle to seal top transfer signings this summer because of Harry Maguire’s treatment, claims Paul Parker

MANCHESTER UNITED will struggle to seal top transfers this summer – because of the treatment Harry Maguire has had.

That is the opinion of former Red Devils defender Paul Parker.

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Harry Maguire has been feeling the heat since his £85m transfer to Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty
Paul Parker believes the treatment of Maguire will impact other players' desire to join

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Paul Parker believes the treatment of Maguire will impact other players’ desire to joinCredit: Getty

Maguire has been under constant scrutiny since his world-record £85million transfer from Leicester to Old Trafford in 2019 – and was even booed representing England.

He defended his performances ahead of the 4-0 Liverpool thumping this week.

But was then on the end of further criticism for his questionable defending at Anfield, the latest poor display from the United captain.

And Parker reckons players may not want to complete mega-money moves to the club because of the intense pressure.

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He said: “You’re gonna buy a bunch of players, and to convince all of them together that there are good players around them.

“Because if you go out and buy one great player, he’s not going to come to Manchester United because he knows it’s going to be too much pressure put on him.

“So, United is about to try to get quality players to come to them, because they know if they go there, expectations are going to be too much.

“As much as they want to play for Manchester United, and put themselves in that position, there’s only so much you want to put on yourself.

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“Because you don’t really want the Harry Maguire treatment, do you?”

Plenty of big names have been linked with joining United this summer – including Christopher Nkunku, Pau Torres, Darwin Nunez and Antony, while Erik ten Hag is set to take over in the dugout.

The Dutchman will be tasked with getting the best out of an underperforming squad bereft of confidence, class and composure.

It was another shambolic display against Liverpool on Tuesday, showing no fight or desire.

Parker reckons subs Jadon Sancho and Hannibal Mejbri were the only positives.

He added to bettingexpert: “When Mejbri came on, he chased the ball around and got into a few fights, and he’s upset a few Liverpool players.

“It wasn’t so much about football as it was taking on a young lad to show appetite. Which is quite embarrassing really.

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“I think he somehow figured out how big the game was and he took it upon himself to work hard.

“He wanted to work hard and make a point. It’s just a shame really that he didn’t come out earlier but he was a massive positive.”

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