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Danny Rose has revealed former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was “all over” Manchester United captain Harry Maguire earlier in his career.
Maguire became the most expensive defender in history, joining the Red Devils from Leicester City last summer. He has shown an impressive game with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this term, being named the club’s new captain in January after Ashley Young’s quit.
The England international has played at Leicester, Hull City and Sheffield United before moving to Old Trafford, and Rose has revealed Pochettino “took a liking” to him during his spell at Hull.
Speaking on The Lockdown Tactics podcast, he said: “I remember we played Hull at White Hart Lane [in December 2016] and we won 3-0. Mauricio was manager and the gaffer was all over Harry [Maguire]. I think they [Tottenham] were in for him. Once Poch took a liking to him I started to notice him straightaway after that. It’s been a great journey for him. Training with him for England, you couldn’t get the ball off him. He’s so good. He fully deserves to be Manchester United captain.”
Maguire’s former teammate at Hull, Robert Snodgrass added: “We used to play him in centre midfield in training and he was just a very, very good footballer. People look at his size and think he’s an old school centre half, but he’s nothing like that. He’s one of the best defenders I’ve seen coming out with the ball and playing clever passes.”