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Pique hoping Harry Maguire transfer sees Manchester United ‘return to the top’ of the Premier League

Gerard Pique is hoping Manchester United’s signing of Harry Maguire can see the club ‘return to the top’ of the Premier League.

The England international became the most expensive defender in history after completing an £80m move to Old Trafford this summer, the 26-year-old having impressed during a two-year spell at Leicester City.

Barcelona defender Pique, who made 23 appearances during a four-year spell at Manchester United, has praised Maguire as a ‘great defender’ and is hopeful his signing can help his former side back to the top of English football.

“It happened before with Van Dijk and before about ten years ago with Rio Ferdinand,” Pique told the Daily Express.

“Culturally they invest a lot in good defenders and Harry Maguire is a great defender.

“I hope that they can be at the top again.

“Manchester United in the last few years they have been fighting to qualify for the Champions League but they have to be trying to win the Premier League. I hope with this signing they can return to the top.”

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