What Sir Alex Said To Harry Maguire Back In 2011

England's Harry Maguire salutes their fans after the match.

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Sir Alex Ferguson made a phone call to Harry Maguire back in 2011 to tell him he had a bright future ahead.

The Leicester City star has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Manchester United of late. The Red Devils have seen more than one of their bids rejected, as the Foxes demand an unprecedented transfer fee for their defender.

Reigning English champions Manchester City were also said to be interested in the player, but Leicester’s £80 million valuation of the 26-year-old has put up a roadblock in their pursuit.

Either way, Maguire appears well on the verge to become the most expensive defender in the world – a prospect that was foreseen by none other than the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Journalist Andy Mitten has revealed that the decorated Manchester United boss had a chat with Maguire in 2011, back when the Sheffield United youngsters visited Old Trafford for an FA Youth Cup final clash.

The then 17-year-old centre-back’s side ended up losing the game to the United team that consisted of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, and Ravel Morrison, whilst also picking up a concussion in the process.

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However, he really stood out in the eyes of Sir Alex, who ended up calling Maguire to check up on his condition a few days after the final.

During the phone conversation, the Scot advised the defender to keep his head down and continue working hard, as that would take him to the very top – a statement that boosted the then teenager’s confidence tremendously.

Fast forward eight years, and that very player is Manchester United‘s top defensive target, and could end up making the switch to the Theatre of Dreams for a world record fee.