With Manchester United set to welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford later today for a mouth-watering showdown, Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire has shared his playing experience with his boyhood club.
The former Leicester City centre-back came through the ranks in South Yorkshire, breaking into the first-team as a teenager in 2011.
He became the most expensive defender in the world after joining Manchester United from Leicester in 2019.
And Maguire, who will run out against the Blades at Old Trafford on Wednesday, hasn’t forgotten his roots.
I loved it, Harry Maguire said of his time at Bramall Lane.
I had some ups and downs; when I was a second-year scholar I found myself in and out of the team and it’s crazy how things can turn. At that age you don’t know how close you are to the first team, you don’t really believe how close you are. But it’s just around the corner, and when the opportunity comes you’ve got to take it.
I had two big influences at United: one was Chris Morgan, who had a nasty injury. I grew up watching him for United and then ended up on the coaching team when I was breaking through, and he had a big influence on my defensive part of the game.
And when I broke in I always played alongside Neill Collins, who was massive for my development and told me when I was doing anything wrong. I got an earful every now and then! But he was great and those two are a big part of where I am and where I’m playing now.