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Ferdinand discusses ‘pressure’ and ‘expectation’ on Manchester United’s £80m signing Harry Maguire

Rio Ferdinand has spoken of the pressure and expectation that will be placed upon Harry Maguire after he became the worlds most expensive defender on Monday.

Manchester United splashed out a whopping £80 million to bring Maguire to Old Trafford, a deal which eclipses the previous world record of £75 million that Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk 18 months previous.

One man who knows what Maguire will be in for is Rio Ferdinand, who also became the worlds most expensive defender when he moved to United from bitter rivals Leeds back in 2002.

Speaking about United’s latest acquisition, the 40-year-old former centre-back has discussed the pressures and expectations that the England international should expect in the heart of the Red Devils defence.

“Most expensive defender of all time…Harry Maguire signs for Manchester United for £80mill…funny enough, we’ve both been there!” Ferdinand wrote on his Instagram.

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“Is there pressure? Yes. Is there expectation from across the world? Definitely. Are all eyes on me? 100%. Will your teammates be expecting big things? Of course. Will people be expecting a massive change in the teams’ fortune? Most definitely.

“These were the feelings and questions that were surrounding me when signing for the great club Manchester United.

“Being a CB, I have taken a keen interest in Harry Maguire’s game since being linked with MUFC under [David] Moyes.

“He has made huge strides in the right direction and improved in all areas of his game. He’s grown into someone who can lead and be a leader of men, and shown at both ends of the pitch [that] he can be effective.

“He has composure, willingness on the ball as well as ability to drive out from the defence which I feel is as good as anyone in the game right now.

“Does he have things to work on? Of course, like everyone else!

“After speaking to numerous people who know him, they all say what a level headed, hard working las he is who will give 100% for his team, which he echoed when signing.

“I think something MUFC have needed defensively in recent years is a big character who can take the responsibility of leading from the back, and from what I’ve heard from people who know him well, they are confident that he will bring that to this football club.

“I would like to wish him well in the No. 5 shirt of Manchester United and hope he can help bring back the success to our club.

“Good luck Harry Maguire.”

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