The football expert was speaking on ESPN FC (h/t Daily Star) where he said:
“A lot of money for someone who I don’t think looks comfortable on the ball. Yes he can play but he’s not John Stones.
“You can say Jose might not want his centre-backs to be quite as much on the ball.
“But I think in today’s game it’s difficult if your guy with the ball doesn’t know how to play from the back.”
Honigstein was referring to the transfer fee that is being touted for Maguire. United would have to pay around £75m for the 25-year-old if we are to sign him.
Maguire certainly was one of the more impressive players at the World Cup but Honigstein also spoke about the fact that Mourinho has bought central defenders every season at Manchester United.
The German believed this was a sign of panic and even after bringing in players such as Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, we are not sure about our back four.
“And if you’re Woodward, you’re probably thinking if he just the Bailly, or the latest Lindelof, is he going to really improve us?
“I’m not sure he’s the answer to having a more stable and formidable back four at United.”
Maguire’s price is certainly steep and while Honigstein has a valid point, we could move for another defender who would be cheap.