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“My heart was set on United” – Harry Maguire opens up on his snub to Man City for Man United

In a recent interview with Gary Neville on Sky Bet’s The Overlap show, Harry Maguire revealed the reason behind his decision to join Manchester United rather than Manchester City. 

Maguire established himself as a household name in his two-year stay with Leicester City.

Many clubs were interested in signing the young English defender but ultimately it came down to choosing one among the Manchester clubs.

In the summer of 2019, he moved to the Red Devils after the club paid a record-breaking £80 million fee to the Foxes.

The 28-year old talked with both Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before making his choice.

He admitted that Guardiola’s style of football revolutionised the game, but being a Man United follower since childhood, he had to move to Old Trafford.

He said: “They were both interested and I spoke to Manchester City and I spoke to Manchester United. But I must say, I grew up watching Manchester United teams.

“No disrespect to Manchester City, but I grew up watching a lot more of Manchester United football – Old Trafford; the iconic [appeal] of being at one of the biggest clubs in the world – if not the biggest.

“So I always had my heart set on this club.”

“I spoke to Pep and obviously [I respect] the football that they play and what he’s done for the club.

“Great respect for Pep and the evolution that he’s brought to football, but – like I said – it was Manchester United.

The England international also revealed that Red Devils were interested in bringing him to Old Trafford when Jose Mourinho was at the helm.

However, Leicester’s president asked him to commit one more year to the Foxes and he didn’t turn his request down.

He added: “With my age, I felt like I owed Leicester a lot. I spoke to Vichai and he said they’d had a lot of interest from Manchester United when Jose was the manager and he said ‘give me one more year, and I’ll let you go.

“So I didn’t really push anything and as soon as I heard about the interest from United, it was something that I knew I had my heart set on and I knew I wanted to play for that club.

“But I think the age that I was, maybe 25-years-old, I always knew that I had time on my hand and Vichai stuck to his word.

Soon after his arrival to the Theatre of Dreams, Solskjaer appointed Maguire as the club captain.

The heavy price tag does make him an easy target for the critics but that does not take away how important he has been to the club.

Until three weeks ago, he was the only member of the team to play 90 minutes in every league game since 2019.

An ankle injury against Aston Villa forced him to miss his first league minutes in a red shirt.

His presence at the heart of the defence brings more stability and composure to the team.

The Red Devils supporters are hoping that their skipper could return to fitness before their Europa League final clash with Villarreal on Wednesday.

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