To celebrate the 28th birthday of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, let’s check out his five best career highlights so far.
From playing League One football at Sheffield to leading Manchester United’s Premier League title bid this season, Harry Maguire has seen it all in English football.
So to mark his 28th birthday, Ace Football checks out the Englishman’s best career moments so far.
3 Player of the Year awards in a row
The Sheffield-born star rose through the youth ranks at hometown club Sheffield United and became a first-team player in 2011. Maguire quickly established himself in the Blades line-up down in the English third-tier division ‘League One’.
He won the club’s Player of the Year prize three times in a row between 2011 and 2014 and also made League One’s PFA Team of the Year as many times.
Premier League breakthrough
Maguire later joined Hull City in 2014 for his first taste of Premier League football. He had a breakthrough campaign in 2016/17 and was voted as the club’s Player of the Year by both the fans and the players, despite Hull’s relegation.
The center-back’s impressive performances led to a €13.70 million transfer to Leicester City.
World Cup success with England
After starring at U-21 level, Maguire got his big break at international level when England manager Gareth Southgate selected him in 2017. He proceeded to help keep a clean sheet in each of his first four appearances. Not even Germany, Brazil, or the Netherlands could break the Three Lions’ defense in this period.
Maguire later made the 2018 World Cup squad and assisted Harry Kane’s winner in the 2-1 triumph over Tunisia. He also scored in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden to help England reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
The world’s most expensive defender in history
Despite initially backing down from a transfer in 2018, Manchester United couldn’t resist Maguire for a second time a year later. The Red Devils, therefore, signed the Englishman in an €87 million deal. It surpassed the €84.65m Liverpool paid to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in the same year; making Maguire the world’s most expensive defender,
The former Leicester star proved his money’s worth by delivering a Man of the Match display on his league debut for the club, a 4–0 home victory over Chelsea.
Becoming Manchester United captain
Barely halfway into his debut campaign at Old Trafford, Maguire succeeded the Inter Milan-bound Ashley Young as Manchester United captain in January 2020.
The 28-year-old scored his first Red Devils goal just nine days later in a 6–0 FA Cup win against Tranmere Rovers and is currently leading the club’s charge of domestic and European glory this season.