Former Hull City midfielder David Meyler has been speaking on the latest instalment of On The Ball’s The Football Show podcast, where he opened up on his experience of playing with Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.
The pair played together for several seasons during their respective spells at the KCOM Stadium, allowing Meyler to gather a good understanding of a young Maguire attempting to make his mark on professional football.
Meyler was asked what he thought of the incident and went on to describe how he remembers the 28-year-old’s leadership qualities and characteristics from their playing days together at Hull.
He said: “I wouldn’t say Harry’s mouthy. From my time playing with him, he was never one to be shouting and roaring. Obviously, every now and then he’d have a moan, that’s normal, but I wouldn’t strike Harry as the one.
“It’s been a few years since I played with him, he’s done really well at Leicester then he’s gone on and he’s captained Manchester United, so he’s obviously developed his character, obviously he’s captain, but he was never one to be grabbing lads, or screaming and roaring. These fellas are here and they’re desperate to win and emotions do take over.”
TIF Thoughts on Harry Maguire…
Despite the England international coming in for some criticism during his 18-month spell at Old Trafford, Maguire has undoubtedly improved United’s backline and has put in several impressive displays this season, as his 7.05/10 WhoScored rating shows.
Question marks may still linger over Maguire’s leadership qualities and suitability for the captain’s role at one of the world’s biggest clubs, but his impact on a struggling United side is often overlooked, and he has been a key part of the top flight’s third-best defence this campaign.