Harry Maguire has revealed that he was extremely touched and impressed with a classy gesture from Manchester United long before he joined for the Old Trafford team this summer.
Maguire will be facing Sheffield United, which is also his youth club, next when Man Utd travel to Bramall Lane on Sunday, November 24.
Ahead of the all-important game, Maguire recalled an incident from the 2011 FA Youth Cup final. During the game, Maguire was knocked unconscious during an aerial battle with Ravel Morrison and was forced from the field prematurely as the Red Devils won 6-3 on aggregate.
As Maguire left the field on a stretcher, he was given a standing ovation by the Manchester United fans, an incident he still remembers.
It was just after half-time when it happened,” Maguire told Inside United. “I had a clash of heads with Ravel and actually got knocked out.
“It was the only time I’ve been knocked out in my career, touch wood. It was a nasty blow and I was in hospital overnight.
Obviously, it was disappointing to go off and not see the end of the game when the medals and trophy were presented. But then someone got in touch [from Manchester United] and checked I was okay. They sent me a Man United shirt, and just said: ‘Good luck for the future, you’re a good, promising young player, keep your head down and so on.’
It was a nice touch from the club and just shows what a classy club United is.