Manchester United told that they must sign a centre-half like Liverpool defender

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Man Utd have been told that they must sign a centre-half like Virgil van Dijk to partner Harry Maguire if they desire to compete for top honours.

The Red Devils broke the bank to sign England international Harry Maguire last summer, although the £80m former Leicester man has so far confirmed to be a hit at Old Trafford.

Harry Maguire has been partnered by Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof during his short time at Manchester United, but former Tottenham star Garth Crooks says the Red Devils need another top centre-back to play alongside Harry Maguire – similar to Liverpool stopper Virgil Van Dijk.

Speaking about Harry Maguire in his Team of the Week for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “Earlier in the week against Chelsea, Maguire was the villain after getting away with an unacceptable challenge on striker Michy Batshuayi.

“Against Watford he wasn’t exactly the hero, but he played a pivotal role in securing a clean sheet for the Reds.

“Two matches, two wins, two clean sheets and six points suggest United are building from the back.

“I still think they need another top-class defender to play alongside Maguire if they intend to be taken seriously as a top-four team.

“With an in-form Martial – and Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford waiting to return – United have the firepower.

“What they need is a Virgil van Dijk-type figure alongside Maguire in defence.”

Virgil Van Dijk has been nothing short of sensational since joining Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018, starring in their Champions League success last campaign and almost certainly leading them to their first top-flight title in 30 years this time around.