Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2019

Man Utd defender Harry Maguire tipped for captaincy by former team-mate | Football | Sport

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has the potential to one day captain the club, according to ex-Leicester team-mate Jonny Evans.

Maguire signed for United from Leicester in the summer for £80million – a world-record fee for a defender.

He then earned the Man of the Match award in his first game for the club against Chelsea on the opening day of the Premier League season.

And Evans, who played for United and was a team-mate of Maguire’s at Leicester, believes the England international has what it takes to become Red Devils captain.

“I think Harry will be at United for eight, nine or 10 years,” Evans told the Mirror.

“When it comes to that point, I think people will look back at the fee and say it was a bargain.

“I’ve been really impressed with Harry. I think he’ll go on to be a real success at United and he could go on to be their captain – there’s no doubt about that.

“He’s a fantastic player and he suits everything United are looking for.

“Not just in his playing style, but how he behaves off the pitch and the personality he can bring.

“He likes to build games out from the back, start attacks and show his personality on the ball.

“He had a tremendous time at Leicester and is really close with a lot of the boys, so I’m sure it’ll be a strange occasion for him, playing against us.”

Evans also spoke about the pressure that comes with playing for United.

But the former West Brom centre-back is confident Maguire won’t have any problems being regarded as the main man at Old Trafford for years to come.

“We talk about the pressure of being at United, but I think it’s the level of scrutiny that’s the hardest thing to get used to,” added Evans.

“It’s not necessarily what you’re doing on the pitch, it’s the fact that everything you do in your life is scrutinised, everywhere you go.

“So it’s that level of scrutiny he’s going to come under, but he’s had that experience with England and I think he handled that tremendously.

“Harry’s got the personality to handle that. He’s a very laid-back character, but also very driven to succeed and a very intelligent guy.”

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