Signed for a world record fee of £80 million for a defender from Leicester City, Maguire has become an integral part of the defensive line-up at Manchester United and the England national football team. Big in size, 6 foot 4, and heart, we take a look at the best quotes on Harry Maguire.
Born in the English city of Sheffield, he worked his way through the local football club’s youth system, before eventually ending up at Leicester City in 2017.
After playing in every minute of the 2017/18 season for the club, he was transferred to Old Trafford for a record fee for a defender in the summer of 2019, after much speculation. It only took him five months before he was named the new club captain.
An ever present for the majority of the time, he equalled Gary Pallister’s United record for the most number of minutes played consecutively with 71 league games, before being substituted in the next match. Despite not having won anything so far in his career, Maguire was one of the main faces as the England national team performed tremendously in the recent World Cup and European Championship tournaments.
In 2018, he scored a goal in the quarter-finals as England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, and then netted in the quarter-final win as the nation came runners-up in the 2020 Euros. He was named in the team of the tournament, before going on to become England’s highest scoring central defender soon after.
“He was terrific, he was very studious, and wanted to learn. He’s a student of the game.” Micky Adams (Sheffield United manager)
“…..he is comfortable in tight areas. He gets out of trouble and that is what makes him an elite player.” Michael Dawson (former team-mate at Hull City)
“Harry is one of the best centre-backs in the game today and I am delighted we have secured his signature. He is a great reader of the game and has a strong presence on the pitch.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“He has got a fantastic maturity for his age, he takes everything in his stride and nothing fazes him…..he is such a level headed character.” Danny Wilson (former Sheffield United manager)
“He’s also probably the strongest player I’ve ever played with.” Neill Collins (former Sheffield United team-mate)
“…..he has certainly been a powerful presence for us.” Malky Mackay (Wigan Athletic manager)
“He’s a defender that’s very comfortable with the ball and that’s the profile of international football.” Gareth Southgate
“I’m happy about with his attitude in general, he has good mentality and good spirit.” Claude Puel (Leicester City manager)
“…..the player of the tournament, certainly the best player that England put out there…..he really shone.” Richard Kane (England in World Cup 2018)
“He’s a special player…..He’s a top-class player, he’s a good man as well.” Brendan Rogers
“He’s a clever, clever footballer.” Micky Adams
“Everything about him tells me is a leader.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“He is a defender who is very comfortable with the ball…..plays with composure and can defend the ball into the box.” Gareth Southgate
“…..at 15 or 16 I thought Harry had the opportunity to possibly make a living playing football…..at 11 you could see he was one of our good players, he stood out.” Martin McKee (St Mary’s school head of PE)
“He was phenomenal in his consistency…..I think his biggest attribute is he’s so willing to listen.” Neill Collins
“…..he absolutely smashed Craig Bellamy…..It was a brilliant tackle.” John Pemberton (head of Sheffield United’s youth academy)
“He’s a powerful player with a lot of experience for his age.” Malky Mackay
“…..has a great personality.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“Harry mostly kept his head and I think he would have got that from us.” Martin McKee
“…..he’s such a great guy…..” Neill Collins