Wayne Rooney Gives His Thoughts On United Captain Harry Maguire

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney.

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Harry Maguire received a warm reception from fans ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Leicester City.

The Red Devils didn’t keep a clean sheet in their stalemate against the Foxes, but Maguire had a positive outing on Saturday afternoon.

He was booed by fans at Wembley in England’s friendly against Ivory Coast, but as Ralf Rangnick assured in his press conference, the Old Trafford crowd was behind him, and cheered his name before and during the game.

Maguire has also received the backing of former United captain Wayne Rooney, who underlined his importance in Gareth Southgate’s squad. The Derby County manager expects the 29-year-old to be one of the first names on the team sheet alongside Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

Further, Rooney also revealed he recently spoke with Maguire. Speaking to The Sun, the United legend said: “I’ve been there. It’s never nice when you’re booed by your own fans.

“Harry’s a top lad and a top professional. I know Harry personally. I spoke to him not long ago and he’s a strong character, he’s strong-minded.

“I’ve spoken to him a few times as a friend and we’ve had a general chat, but I’m not his mentor. I’m sure the people who were booing him are not real England fans. Because as a fan, you go there to get behind the team.

“I don’t think any England fans are concerned about his form for United as long as he’s doing well for England.”

Maguire is a nailed-on starter under Southgate, but his form at club level means there’s no guarantee he’ll get to play regularly under a new manager next season.