​Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has revealed the club sent him a touching message after he was knocked unconscious while playing at Old Trafford in 2011.

The England international had been representing Sheffield United in the FA Youth Cup final when the incident occurred, with the Blades going down 6-3 on aggregate across the two legs. Maguire transferred to Hull City three years later, before joining the Red Devils for £80m last summer, having spent two seasons with Leicester City.

Harry Maguire

Speaking to Inside United magazine, the centre-back explained (as quoted by Man Utd's official website): "It was just after half-time when it happened. I had a clash of heads with Ravel [Morrison] and actually got knocked out.

"It was the only time I’ve been knocked out in my career, touch wood. It was a nasty blow and I was in hospital overnight. Obviously, it was disappointing to go off and not see the end of the game when the medals and trophy were presented. 

"But, then someone [from ​United] got in touch and checked I was okay. They sent me a Man United shirt.

"They just said: 'Good luck for the future, you’re a good, promising young player, keep your head down and so on.' It was a nice touch from the club and just shows what a classy club United is."


Maguire went on to discuss the Red Devils' meeting with the ​Blades on Sunday, with the 26-year-old claiming he's hoping for a warm welcome from supporters. He added "The crowd got right on my side [when I made my debut].

"They have been great with me ever since, so I’ve got a lot to thank them for. I'll be back at Bramall Lane and I'm sure I’ll get a better reception than I did from the ​Leicester fans when they came to Old Trafford!

"Sheffield United have started great in the ​Premier League, but when we play them, it’s going to be business for me. I’ll be trying to get the three points off them, but then hope they win every other game, apart from the ones against us."

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