Harry Maguire may be the most expensive defender in world football, but the £80 million ($96m) man is no Rio Ferdinand, says former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson.The Red Devils moved to break that transfer record once again over the summer, with a big-money deal done with Premier League rivals Leicester.United raised that particular bar for the first time back in 2002, with Ferdinand lured away from arch-rivals Leeds. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Some 17 years on and another England international centre-half has been acquired to bolster the back line at Old Trafford.Maguire has made a bright start to his time in Manchester, but Kleberson believes he will forever operate in the shadow of a United legend.He told Your-promotional-code: “If you look back, Ferdinand was unbelievable. And I don’t think anyone could be close to his level of performance.”His style was totally different to the current United defenders. His commitment to regain the ball was smart, he covered space well against players like [Didier] Drogba.”I don’t see Maguire or [Victor] Lindelof being able to do the same. They’re far, far away from Ferdinand. Rio is one of the best I’ve played with.”I always knew one-on-one he was going to win the ball, so I could prepare to receive to receive the ball from him and attack. I was 100 per cent sure he would win the ball.”While Maguire is considered to be short of Ferdinand’s standard, Kleberson admits he is a shrewd addition for United’s class of 2019.The Brazilian added: “Harry Maguire is a big name for any English club.”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.”Maguire helped the Red Devils to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea on debut and has already become the main man in a defensive unit which has struggled for stability and consistency over recent years.”In the Premier League, you have a lot of good strikers but not as many good defenders,” said Kleberson.”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.”With Maguire and 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.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
SEATTLE — The head of one of Canada’s best-known tech darlings says Ottawa’s proposed changes to small business taxes could hamper innovation and prevent Canada from becoming a hotbed for technology giants.“I’ve been an entrepreneur and a small business owner for a large part of my career, I know that a lot of those businesses operate on the margins,” Ryan Holmes, CEO of social media management platform Hootsuite, said in an interview at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference.“I would encourage the government to look very closely because … it is causing a lot of concern to business owners,” he said.In mid-July, the federal government released a three-pronged plan to end several tax provisions used by some small businesses.One provision at risk of being eliminated is income sprinkling, a practice that permits business owners to lower their taxes by passing income to family members, even those not active in the business, who are in lower tax brackets.The government is also proposing limits on the use of private corporations as a way to gain tax advantages when making passive investments, and limiting the conversion of a corporation’s regular income into capital gains that are typically taxed at a lower rate.If the government wants to have more head offices in cities like Vancouver, Holmes said, that won’t happen by convincing established companies to move to the West coast as that involves significant cost, among other issues.“If we want to get more head offices there we need to create more Hootsuites,” he said. “I think you need to be very favourable at the small end of the market.”Those start ups can become big businesses with large, local headquarters.Hootsuite, which launched in 2008, now employs close to 1,000 people in Vancouver and several offices abroad, according to its website.Holmes is not the first to criticize the controversial tax proposal. Doctors, lawyers, tax professionals, shopkeepers and others who have incorporated their small businesses to reduce their tax bill are among those speaking out.The criticism from Hootsuite’s CEO and other small business owners is directed at a federal government that has put innovation front and centre. The buzzword received hundreds of mentions in the budget and the Liberals have committed to $950 million to a supercluster program.Tech firm leaders have been successful in changing the Liberal government’s mind about policy in the past. After discontent from a number of tech firms, Ottawa abandoned a plan to cap how much could be claimed through stock option deductions.The prime minister’s chief of staff, Gerald Butts, responded to criticism of the proposals on Wednesday morning with a recognition that the measures are not just a question of fairness but also of boosting government revenues.“If we all want the Canada we say we want, we have to pay for it. If our government encourages our wealthiest citizens to opt of progressive income tax, we will not be able to do that.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has previously said the government is holding public consultations to hear Canadians’ concerns and ensure there are no unintended consequences. The consultations end Oct. 2.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.