Gary Pallister has described Harry Maguire was one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, and believes he has the leadership qualities to become captain at Manchester United.
Maguire joined the Reds from Leicester City this summer for around £80m, a world record fee for a defender. Eyebrows were raised at the hefty outlay on the England international, but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needed a centre-back to partner Victor Lindelof in defence and Maguire was deemed as the number one priority.
Solskjaer has so far been alternating captaincy duty this season, after club captain Antonio Valencia left on a free transfer this summer.
Ashley Young is the captain when on the pitch, but David De Gea has also filled in when the full-back has been absent.
Axel Tuanzebe was the surprise name to be handed the armband against Rochdale in the League Cup on Wednesday, and Solskjaer clearly sees the 21-year-old as potential captain material for the future.
However, Reds legend Gary Pallister thinks that Maguire should be the man to become the permanent captain at the club.
“I was fortunate to play under so many leaders, we had four or five who were that figure. I had Roy Keane, Bryan Robson, Paul Ince, Peter Schmeichel; there’s perhaps not the same number of a lot of them in the current dressing room. I think Harry can be that.
“You can see he’s got the leadership qualities. He’s one of the best centre halves in the Premier League.”
Maguire has settled into life well at Old Trafford and certainly is a candidate that should be considered by Solskjaer for the captaincy.
The 26-year-old has established himself as an authoritative figure in United’s backline, and not many Reds would be against Solskjaer giving him the armband.