Red Devils fans will love this! Arsenal legend has apology for Manchester United star

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has apologised to Manchester United signing Harry Maguire after he completed his £80 million move to Old Trafford.

After months of speculation and talk about Maguire, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally got his man towards the back-end of the transfer window in a deal that has smashed the transfer record for a defender, as United paid £80 million for the Englishman.

Many have doubted whether or not Maguire was worth such a big amount and many believe that he will not actually improve the back-line, but Maguire made more interceptions, tackles and blocks than any other player on the pitch against Chelsea in his debut and many have been backtracking over their comments about a deal.

Merson was highly critical of the amount United paid for Maguire, calling it “ridiculous”: “Maguire for £80m is ridiculous at the highest level,” the former Arsenal and England forward told Soccer Saturday ahead of United’s opening league clash at home to Chelsea the following day.

“You have to remember he ripped it up for England in a three. And when you play in a three at the back, you do that for one reason only – the defenders are not good enough and you do not trust them. He done well at England.

“But you have to remember when he plays for Leicester, they play, they drop back and defend on the edge of their box, there is no space behind. The ball comes in the middle, he heads it out, he comes out running with the ball.

“He kicks off now with Man Utd and you are on the halfway line and all of a sudden you are playing against Arsenal and you are on the halfway line and balls are going over the top for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and for Man City for Sergio Aguero and it is pace, pace, pace.”

However, Merson has reappraised his views, claiming he was wrong in his initial assessment of the England international.

“He has a presence, he’s commanding, he doesn’t mess about. I thought he did very well,” the Sky Sports pundit told The Debate.

“I thought I was very critical of him on Soccer Saturday if I’m being honest. I tried to get hold of him today (Monday) and I will talk to him tomorrow (Tuesday) as he texted me back.

“And I thought I was a bit critical if I’m being honest – I thought what I wanted to say did not really come across the way I thought it should have.

“I sort of did not really give him the credit he deserves of how good he is. I was brought up in the day and age where it was clear your lines – a Tony Adams or a John Terry, or someone like that.

“So I was a bit disrespectful in that way. He has played in World Cup semi-finals, he is an international and I was out of order and I will be the first to admit that.

“I thought he was steady. He’s comfortable on the ball, but he will have to defend as time goes on. If Chelsea were more clinical and they had better players up front they would have scored.

“He is a lot better than what they have got. You can look back and say they hit the post and had chances and David de Gea made a great save with his feet, but they still kept a clean sheet. Whoever keeps a clean sheet every week the other team always has a chance to score. He did well and he will get better.”

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