Maguire catches Mourinho's eye on Man United debut
United's Harry Maguire fights for the ball with Chelsea's Christian Pulisic. (Reuters)
Manchester - Maguire became the world's most expensive defender when United paid a reported 80 million pounds ($96.28 million) for his services
Harry Maguire brought instant stability to Manchester United's much-maligned defence on Sunday and their 4-0 win over Chelsea showed he can build a strong partnership with fellow centre back Victor Lindelof, Jose Mourinho has said.
Maguire became the world's most expensive defender when United paid a reported 80 million pounds ($96.28 million) for his services and the England international delivered a man-of-the-match performance on his debut at Old Trafford.
"He was solid like a rock," Mourinho, who has managed both sides, said in his role as a television analyst for Sky Sports.
"You can be very dangerous in attack but if you feel that a mistake is around the corner it takes your confidence away and you don't play as well. When you feel there is something that allows you to play you are much more confident. As I always said Lindelof can be a very good player. With Maguire it can be a very good partnership."
Maguire was also praised by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said the centre back had brought a sense of calm to a defence that conceded 54 league goals last season.
"He's a leader and with him, (goalkeeper) David de Gea and Victor Lindelof, they marshalled that back line really well. It is important to have strong personalities at the back," Solskjaer said.
Solskjaer insisted ahead of the match that he did not sense the negativity that appeared online from fans in the wake of Thursday's transfer deadline passing with only three new arrivals in the form of Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, while no replacement was brought in for the departing Romelu Lukaku up front.
And the Norwegian was initially proved right as all three new boys played their part in a resounding victory, while the wantaway Paul Pogba came to life after half-time and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial showed their capability to cope without Lukaku.
United recorded just two clean sheets at home in the league all of last season, and are already halfway to that tally as Maguire marshalled the back line, while at right-back, 21-year-old Wan-Bissaka played with a maturity beyond his years.
"He's done exactly what we signed him for - his presence in both boxes, his composure and calmness on the ball, and he is a leader," said Solskjaer of Maguire.