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“Arrogant with referees” – Jose Mourinho praises Manchester United defender

Jose Mourinho is the latest to sing the praises of Harry Maguire after the defender returned from injury to star for England in this summer’s European Championship.

Maguire, 28, was a doubt heading into the tournament after suffering damage to his ankle ligaments but has played a vital role in England reaching the semi-finals, where they will take on Denmark.

Tyrone Mings deputized for the Manchester United captain for the first two games, against Croatia and Scotland, but Maguire returned to the side in time for the knockout stage and even scored in the 4-0 win over Ukraine last week.

Maguire importance to both club and country has been highlighted in his absence and Jose Mourinho has praised the former Leicester defending, arguing that he is ‘arrogant’ with referees, in a positive way.

“He scores more goals from set-pieces,” Mourinho told The Times, via The Metro“He clearly has a voice. He is the captain of Manchester United. He uses that status, that power in the leadership, even in the communication with referees.”

“You can see he’s quite arrogant with referees and you need that arrogance, in a polite way. He doesn’t have the armband, but he acts on the pitch as a captain.”

Maguire, along with Luke Shaw, is set to start the semi-final against Denmark with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho both being named on the bench.

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