Danny Rose has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino was keen on signing Harry Maguire in 2016 when the central defender was still playing for Hull City.
While the 27-year-old did well for Hull when they got promoted to the Premier League, it is fair to say that he caught the eye for many when Leicester City snapped him up in the summer of 2017.
The defender has had a monumental rise since then as a couple of excellent seasons for the Foxes saw him complete a big-money move to Manchester United.
Maguire has enjoyed a positive first campaign at Old Trafford and it speaks volumes of his ability and leadership qualities that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made him the club captain before even completing a full season at the club.
The centre-half has also established himself as a key member of the England side and is often one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s team sheet.
However, Rose has now revealed that the defender could have ended up at Tottenham had Pochettino got his way.
“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.”
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While it is easy for us to say in hindsight that the club should have snapped up Maguire in 2016, very few people back then would have predicted the heights that the central defender would reach. In fact, I remember most Spurs fans not particularly wanting Maguire when we were linked with him just before Leicester got him.
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