Harry Maguire admits Manchester United tried to sign him during the transfer window

Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

Ex-Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire has revealed that Manchester United did try to sign him over the summer, but he is happy he stayed at current club Leicester City.

The 25-year-old’s performances for England at the World Cup made him a key target for United manager Jose Mourinho, but Leicester made it clear Maguire was not for sale.

He said: “I spoke with Leicester after a bit of interest from clubs, and they reiterated that I wasn’t for sale and I respected that decision.

“They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League, when I had just been relegated with Hull. They gave me that opportunity and it is a club I am really enjoying my time at. I am playing week in and week out which is important to me.

“They have given me the platform to play at the World Cup so I feel I owe them and I respect that decision. Now I am looking forward to the season.”

Despite rumours of a £50million move to Manchester, for now it looks like Sheffield will be the only United on Maguire’s footballing CV.