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Harry Maguire tipped for future Man Utd captaincy by Gary Pallister

By Ben Green

Published: 10:19, 16 August 2019

Former Manchester United centre-back Gary Pallister has backed Harry Maguire to one day take the captain’s armband at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old completed an £80m switch to the North West from Leicester City earlier this month and starred on his debut against Chelsea.

Maguire a future Man Utd captain? Five things to know…

  • Maguire completed a world record transfer for a defender when he moved to Man Utd.
  • He impressed alongside Lindelof as Man Utd beat Chelsea 4-0 on Sunday.
  • Jose Mourinho described him as a “rock” after the match as he clinched the MOTM award.
  • Ex-teammate Michael Dawson has previously said: “you can see him being a captain of Manchester United.”
  • Pallister has now echoed those views, backing Maguire to don the armband one day.

Forming an imperious defensive partnership with Victor Lindelof, the duo kept a clean sheet as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side fired four past the Blues in their Premier League opener on Sunday.

The England international astutely held the fort against Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea and Pallister has now earmarked him to skipper the club further down the line.

“[Maguire] is not afraid to put his head in where it hurts, he wins his tackles, he’s a big lad, a big unit and he has that presence that you need to be a captain and he leads by example,” he told American Gambler.

“I’m not 100% sure if he’d be a screaming and shouting captain, but you can have all different types of captains.

“You can have a Tony Adams or a John Terry who shout and scream, or you can have an [Eric] Cantona who doesn’t shout and scream but just leads by example on the pitch.

“I don’t know which category he falls into, but he looks a figure of authority within the side and I could definitely see him becoming United captain in the future.”

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‘Maguire and Wan-Bissaka have brought a calmness’

United were heavily criticised last season for their frailty at the back, with the Red Devils conceding more goals than any top six side in the league, but Pallister believes Maguire, along with newcomer Aaron Wan-Bissaka, has restored a “calmness to the back four”.

He added: “It’s early days but he brought calmness to the back four, but he’s only finding his feet within a team that he’s only played one game for.

“He’s only going to get better, and the same for Wan Bissaka; he’s only played one game but already his tackling, his spirit and his speed excites the fans.”