Sir Alex Ferguson told Harry Maguire back in 2011 that he would go on to become a top player if he continued working hard.
That is according to Andy Mitten of the South China Morning Post who has revealed this anecdote amid strong speculation that Manchester United are trying to sign him.
Yesterday: Man United have £70 million offer rejected by Leicester ❌
Today: Arsenal make £50 million bid for Harry Maguire 🤔 pic.twitter.com/KIknKcMDMC
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) 3 July 2019
The Red Devils are confident of striking a deal with Leicester City despite the foxes standing firm on their £90million valuation of the defender.
Sir Alex’s words seem to have had a long-lasting impression on a young Maguire as the Englishman is said to be keen on joining United.
‘Maguire has an interesting history with United, too. While the star player in a top Sheffield United youth team, he played at Old Trafford in the 2011 FA Youth Cup final aged 17.’ Mitten wrote for Unibet
‘Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison were the stand out players for United. Pogba was so good that he looked like an over-age kid in the playground.
‘Pogba and Jesse Lingard are the only two players from United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup winning team who are still at the club.
‘The game at Old Trafford didn’t go well for Maguire since he became concussed and had to stay in a Manchester hospital overnight as his team lost the second leg 4-1.
‘Manchester United sent him a signed first team shirt as a get well soon present.
‘A few days later, Maguire received a call from a withheld number. It was Sir Alex Ferguson calling to check that he was OK.
‘Ferguson told him that if he kept his head down and worked hard then he would play at the top level.
‘Maguire needed that boost. An outwardly tough character, he was lacking in confidence at the time and was unsure whether he’d make it as a first team professional.
‘He placed great value on that call from the greatest manager in British football, he considered it a turning point in his career. Not only that, he vowed to play for Manchester United one day.’
So with Sir Alex’s blessing, Do you see Harry Maguire killing it at Manchester United?