Harry Maguire: Man Utd sign Leicester defender for world record £80m

Manchester United have signed England centre-back Harry Maguire from Premier League rivals Leicester City for £80m – a world record fee for a defender.

The 26-year-old has agreed a six-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option of a further year.

The fee for Maguire eclipses the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.

Ashes 2019: Australia’s thrashing of England reminiscent of the 1990s

Desperate rearguard days bring to mind Paul Collingwood at Cardiff, at Centurion and in Cape Town. A flinty look, a minimal backlift, a perverse pleasure in eschewing anything attractive or attacking in favour of boring the opposition into next week.

You think of Jimmy Anderson and Monty Panesar clinging on for 11 overs at the death in the first Test a decade ago, Graham Onions and Graeme Swann keeping Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel at bay at Newlands six months later.