That’s according to Manchester United hero Gary Pallister, who spoke to American Gambler.
Maguire moved to United from Leicester for £80million after months of speculation about his future with the Foxes.
The England international made his debut for United against Chelsea on the opening day of the season in a 4-0 win, picking up the man of the match award in the process.
His supposed influence on the United team is already drawing comparisons with Van Dijk’s impact on Liverpool.
But Pallister isn’t so sure that Maguire will enjoy being compared with the Dutchman, who previously held the world record for a transfer fee spent on a defender when he joined the Reds for £75m in January 2018.
“Van Dijk’s performances were out of the top drawer last year,” he said.
“He is the final piece of the jigsaw as Liverpool looked lightweight at the back and were screaming out for that calming influence, who was strong and defend properly.
“And he’s brought all of those attributes to the back four.
“I don’t think he wants to wants to be compared to Van Dijk, but he can certainly have the same kind of influence on the side, and especially the back four.”
Pallister also spoke about the pressure Maguire might have to face up to this season, noting that he felt the weight on his shoulders when he joined United.
“The money I came for was ridiculous and you do feel that pressure,” he added.
“Coming in to a United side where there is an expectation from the supporters for both the players and the team, there will be pressure on you because of the size of the fee.
“Everyone is expecting Maguire to be like Van Dijk, and whether he can play that role or not will have to wait to be seen.
“He’s made a good start, we know that he’s a quality player and we’re looking for those leadership qualities in that side, which I think have been lacking; hopefully Harry can provide that.”
United’s next game is against Wolves, who drew with Leicester on the opening day, on Monday evening at Molineux.
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