'Maguire will be a Man Utd captain' – Former team-mate makes bold claim about future of £80m man

The England international’s former Hull City colleague, Michael Dawson, predicts a bright future for the defender at the Theatre of Dreams

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He might not have officially joined Manchester United, but Harry Maguire will captain the club in the future, according to his former team-mate Michael Dawson.

The 26-year-old is edging closer to a world record move to Old Trafford after his Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admitted on Friday that the Foxes had agreed a fee with the Red Devils for the player.

Dawson spent three seasons with Maguire at Hull City, with the duo regularly playing together at centre-half, and he believes his former partner will become a leader at the Theatre of Dreams.

“He is one of those lads who will walk into the dressing room and settle in straight away,” Dawson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“One day you can see him being a captain of Manchester United. Give him time to settle in, and I am sure he will be a captain of that club one day.”

Goal is reporting the Red Devils are set to part with £80 million ($97m) to acquire Maguire, which would eclipse the previous record for a defender of £75m by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk.

Dawson believes the England international is well worth the investment from the Old Trafford hierarchy, because of a particular attribute he will bring to their defence.

“What makes him an £80m player is his distribution,” he said.

“He can bring the ball out from the back, he is comfortable in tight areas. He gets out of trouble and that is what makes him an elite player.”

However, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claimed his club couldn’t afford Maguire, despite having an interest to bring the player to the Etihad.

“Harry Maguire is a top class central defender,” Guardiola said after City’s penalty shootout win against Liverpool in the Community Shield.

“We were interested but we could not afford it. Man United could afford it. Congratulations to them.”

With Manchester United’s opening game of the Premier League season coming against Chelsea on Sunday, their coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer would’t rule out Maguire playing a part in the match if the signing was completed.

“Let’s get the last details over the line,” Solskjaer said.

“But yeah, he’s played a few games over the summer so we’ll have to assess him if and when.”

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