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​Keown: Man Utd defender Maguire reads danger like a comic book!

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown was full of praise for Harry Maguire after the weekend.

Maguire starred for Manchester United in an impressive 4-0 win over Chelsea.

The Red Devils marked the start of the season with a dominant home performance against their fellow top four contenders.

And Keown was impressed with how Maguire intercepted passes during the game.

Keown wrote the following in the Daily Mail: "Harry Maguire reads danger like you or I would read a Beano comic.

"It comes naturally to the 6' 4" central defender and that is what Manchester United have paid good money for.

"When he wins the ball, it is a cue for United to attack. Take a look at their second goal against Chelsea on Sunday.

"The England centre-back wins possession by shrugging off the challenge of Tammy Abraham on the edge of the box. Scott McTominay picks it up, feeds Marcus Rashford, who then finds Andreas Pereira. He crosses, and Anthony Martial scores.

"So four passes and precisely 16 seconds after Maguire steals the ball off Abraham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have a 2-0 lead. United fans appreciate a good defender.

"Later on in the game, whenever Maguire won a header, whenever he cleared the danger by lumping the ball into Row Z, it was greeted by cheers.

"They love seeing that and the statistics show he made the most clearances, the most interceptions, and the most blocks. He inspired the crowd and his team-mates here. United kept two clean sheets in 19 Premier League outings at Old Trafford last season.

"They conceded 54 goals in total – the most of any of the 'Big Six' – and 25 of those came at home. Now, they are off and running in 2019-20."

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