Harry Maguire has lifted the lid on why he really chose to move to Manchester United instead of Manchester City from Leicester.
Maguire had developed into one of the Premier League’s best young defenders during his time at the Foxes, with United and City both interested in bringing him to Manchester.
The England international spoke to both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola ahead of making his decision, with both clubs able to afford Leicester’s valuation.
Ultimately, it was United who won the race to sign the centre-back, with Maguire going on to be named captain by Solskjaer midway through his debut season.
Maguire has now outlined what put the Red Devils in pole position to complete his signature.
“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 disclosed that while he has been impressed by the job Guardiola has done with City, it was his conversation with Solskjaer which ultimately swung the deal in the 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.”
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