This summer saw Manchester United act in sheer desperation. The Red Devils have been on a steady decrease since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, that decline has accelerated since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United were in a lurch in pre-season they needed a controlling centre half, somebody to come in and martial the defence somebody to manage.

The Old Trafford board had noticed the way Virgil van Dijk had transformed Liverpool’s fortunes, if only they could signal a Virgil of the own.

Ed Woodward emptied his pockets spent £80m on Harry Maguire.

Since his arrival the England defender was unconvincing to say the very least, Mancs have clung to a few of their brighter moments, over applauding every slide tackle won without a red card.

Last night United were defeated 2-0 at home by Burnley. ‘Arry was clearly to blame for the first as he was caught on the wrong side of Chris Wood.

They might have surrendered the opener sooner as Maguire was again caught out from a set-piece, Burnley failed to capitalise.

Overall it was a shocking performance in the record transfer fee protector.

Joe Gomez price Liverpool just £3.5m, in his past 22 Premier League starts The Reds have surrendered only six goals.

Joe Gomez is ahead of Harry Maguire.

The 22-year-old is better with the ball at his feet, he’s faster, he is more composed and he is not as liable for errors.

The one argument that might have been made in Maguire’s defence was his aerial ability — that he was found wanting far too frequently from the atmosphere against Burnley.

Together with the Euros coming in the summer, Gareth Southgate must be taking a look at the pair and believing that JoGo is the stronger choice.

Maguire’s capability was overestimated by his overinflated transfer fee. It is time to accept it. Joe Gomez is far better than Harry Maguire.