Harry Maguire told he was ‘born to play for Man Utd’ as hero draws Steve Bruce comparison

Harry Maguire during a warm-up Credit: Alamy
Harry Maguire during a warm-up Credit: Alamy

Harry Maguire was “born to play for Manchester United”, according to the club’s former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

Maguire joined the Red Devils for £80million from Leicester City in 2019.

He became the most expensive defender in history as a result.

It has been an extremely testing Manchester United career for the England defender.

After being named club captain in 2020, Maguire has come under scrutiny for his performances.

Usually consistent for England, the 29-year-old has been disappointing at club level and has failed to live up to his hefty price tag.

His long-term future at United has been called into question with Erik ten Hag not too keen on him.

Lisandro Martinez slotted straight into the starting XI following his arrival in the summer.

The Argentine has partnered Raphael Varane in the heart of the defence, but the Frenchman’s injury struggles from his debut season have continued into this term.

Varane picked up an injury in a match against Chelsea last month, but he has been deemed fit enough by France boss Didier Deschamps to play at the World Cup.

As a result of Varane’s injury, Maguire’s playing time in the Premier League has increased.

However, Ten Hag did drop his captain to the bench for Sunday’s loss at Aston Villa, opting to start Victor Lindelof next to Martinez.

Despite his poor form and lack of game time, Maguire has been named in England’s World Cup squad.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate insisted that young defenders Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi “didn’t do enough” to beat Maguire for a place in the 26-man team.

While Southgate obviously likes Maguire, so does Manchester United legend Schmeichel.

The former goalkeeper has said the centre-half was “born to play” for the Red Devils.

He even went as far as to compare him to legendary defender Steve Bruce.

“This guy, he’s born to play for Manchester United,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports.

“He reminds me a little bit of (Steve) Bruce. Not the same kind of player, but the same kind of personality.

“You need those kind of players in the squad. He’s a level-headed guy. I think that thing that happened to him in Greece kicked him a bit.”

Maguire may get the nod on Sunday when United face Fulham at Craven Cottage, with Varane not fully fit just yet.

He played the full 90 minutes on Thursday as his side knocked Aston Villa out of the Carabao Cup with a 4-2 win at Old Trafford.

United’s first competitive game after the World Cup will be against Burnley in the same competition.

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