Harry Maguire has revealed in an interview with Gary Neville how he owes a lot to former Sheffield United manager, Danny Wilson.
Maguire got his big break with United in the season the club was relegated to League One initially. The current Manchester United skipper played a handful of games before the end of the campaign. He then cemented himself the following season.
The rise of Maguire has been well-documented since he left United. Moves to Hull, Leicester, and then to Old Trafford have all proved successful.
But speaking about his initial time with Sheffield United, Maguire revealed he owed a lot to former boss, Danny Wilson.
“I can remember games when I was 18/19, making mistakes, and to be fair this is where I give great credit to the manager, Danny Wilson,” Maguire told Neville’s The Overlap.
“A lot of managers would have said ‘have a little rest this week’. But every game he just played me and played me, and it’s a big part of where I am now.”
Wilson came close to getting the Blades promoted that season. But Yeovil Town saw United off in the playoffs after Wilson had departed.
However, it’s clear to see he had an impact in some way and Maguire’s words a nice nod to the former Blades and Barnsley gaffer.
Sheffield United News View: Wilson actually did a good job when you look back
When you look back and think United spent six years in League One, Wilson was actually pretty unlucky.
The season he had initially we were excellent and missed out in the most excrutiating circumstances both in terms of automatic, and the playoffs.
Sure, the wheels fell off a bit after that. But he still had us positioned for the top six where we ultimately fell short again.
Wilson is often forgotten about really now. But with Maguire having such kinds words here, it’s worth noting he actually did a decent enough job.