MX23RW : Wednesday, October 20 12:39:48| >> :120:15032:15032:

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire 'wanted to be a midfielder'

Harry Maguire 'wanted to be a midfielder'
© Reuters
Former Sheffield United academy manager John Pemberton says that Harry Maguire wanted to be a midfielder before he was converted into his current defensive role.

Former Sheffield United academy manager John Pemberton has said that Manchester United defender Harry Maguire wanted to be a midfielder before he was converted into his current role.

Pemberton was responsible for developing Maguire during his time with the Blades before he left for Hull City in 2014.

Speaking to The Athletic, the former academy boss at Bramall Lane said that he convinced the England centre-back to change into a more defensive role after telling him that he was not good enough to play in midfield.

Pemberton said: "Harry was playing centre midfield when I first met him. The problem for me was I just didn't see his future there. He was a centre-half to me.

"I remember sitting him down in my office. We had quite a few chats over the years, mainly because he liked asking questions about the game. Anyway, this time I ended up asking him, 'Where do you see yourself in three years' time?' He said the first team but I pushed him on a position. He thought centre midfield but I said, 'No'.

"Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were the elite midfielders in the Premier League at the time and I told Harry he would never be as good at that position as them."

Maguire has made 15 appearances for United since his £80m summer move from Leicester City.

ID:380282: cacheID:380282:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:2390:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Harry Maguire in action for Manchester United on September 30, 2019
Read Next:
Chris Wilder: 'Man Utd game won't be the Harry Maguire show'
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea86111631319
2Liverpool85302261618
3Manchester CityMan City85211631317
4Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton843185315
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8503912-315
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd84221610614
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham84221510514
8Everton8422139414
9Brentford8332107312
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves840488012
11Leicester CityLeicester83231314-111
12Arsenal8323712-511
13Aston Villa83141212010
14Crystal Palace81521013-38
15Southampton8143610-47
16Watford8215715-87
17Leeds UnitedLeeds8134715-86
18Burnley8035513-83
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle80351019-93
20Norwich CityNorwich8026216-142

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!