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Harry Maguire Reveals Why He Turned Down Manchester City in Favour of Manchester United

Harry Maguire has revealed why he chose Manchester United over Manchester City in 2019
Harry Maguire has revealed why he chose Manchester United over Manchester City in 2019 / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Harry Maguire has revealed why he turned down Manchester City in 2019 and opted to sign for Manchester United instead.

The United captain left Leicester to sign for the Red Devils for a huge £80million fee, with the England international claiming that Old Trafford was always his "preferred destination" despite City being Premier League champions.

“I grew up watching Manchester United teams,” he told Gary Neville’s The Overlap YouTube channel. “No disrespect to Manchester City, but I grew up watching a lot more of Manchester United football; Old Trafford; the iconic [appeal] of being at one of the biggest clubs in the world - if not the biggest. So I always had my heart set on this club."

Maguire also admitted that he was impressed with the work Guardiola did at City, but it was a conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that ultimately tipped the scales in favour of United. “Great respect for Pep and the evolution that he's brought to football, but - like I said - it was Manchester United,” he said.

“My heart was set from the amount of interest that they showed in me, it gave me great confidence and belief. For them to pursue it over a 12 to 15 month period of time just shows how much they believed in me and how much they felt like I would be a big part of the team. The first time I spoke with Ole, he just told me how much he felt I could come in and improve the team.”

Since joining United, he has gone on to become an integral part of Solskjaer's side, with Maguire going on to be named captain midway through his debut season.