Harry Maguire says Danny Wilson was a “massive part” of his development at Sheffield United.
Maguire is preparing to face the Blades in the Premier League this evening with Manchester United.
The 27-year-old is captain at the club who made him the most expensive defender in history when they paid Leicester City £80m (BBC Sport) in the summer of 2019.
The Blades received around £1m of this as part of the deal that saw Maguire leave his boyhood side for Hull City back in 2014.
Along with the money Hull paid them and the £1.7m they got when the England international moved to Leicester, it totals around £5m.
Not bad for a product of their academy, who left Bramall Lane with the club in League One aged just 21-years-old.
Yet by that time, despite his age Maguire had already played 166 times for the Blades.
This was thanks largely to the faith shown in him by Wilson.
How Danny Wilson played a ‘massive part’ in Harry Maguire’s career
Wilson was Blades manager for two years between 2011 and 2013. During that time, Maguire progressed to the first team and made an instant impression.
The centre-back had actually made his debut the previous season, but only played five times that term. In contrast, in 2011/12 – Wilson’s first campaign in charge – Maguire made 56 appearances in all competitions.
That ever-presence would continue until his exit in 2014. He was also named the club’s player of the year in each of those three seasons.
“I was a young boy coming through and I got a lot of help from the experienced lads,” Maguire told The Utd podcast. “But also I got great faith and confidence given to me by the manager.
“There were probably times when I was playing and I made a couple of mistakes and some other managers might have gone; ‘right, get rid of the young one. Let’s put an experienced bloke in’.
“In fairness to Danny Wilson – who was there for two or three years when I was there – he played me every game.
“That was a massive part of my development and my game.”