Manchester United flop Kleberson thinks Harry Maguire will have a few “tough moments” at the club as “his pace is not the best”.
Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined United from Leicester earlier this month for £85million before making an assured debut against Chelsea on Sunday.
It has been a long road to the top for Maguire, who started at Sheffield United before joining Hull on the way to Leicester.
However, some critics have questioned whether he is worth the money, and Kleberson – who only managed 30 appearances at United – is concerned he could have issues with his pace this season.
“Harry Maguire is a big name for any English club,” Kleberson told Your-promotional-code.
“In the World Cup he did a good job, but he’s going to have a few tough moments in one on one’s and his pace is not the best.
“United need to ensure he’s helped by a strong midfield, to help cover him and defend as a unit.
“I don’t know if he will manage to cover on his own like at times against Chelsea.”
Kleberson added: “Maguire has moved for a lot of money but I think the defenders aren’t as good in the league as they were a few years ago, therefore teams need to pay more.
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“With Maguire and [Victor] Lindelof, I don’t know if [Chris] Smalling and [Phil] Jones need to leave but of course their opportunities to play will be a bit less.
“Especially as the new defenders have played very well in their first opportunity.”