HARRY MAGUIRE was “born to play for Manchester United”, says legend Peter Schmeichel.
The Red Devils skipper, 29, has endured a rough campaign with both form and fitness issues.
The £85million centre-back then picked up a hamstring injury on international duty with England, forcing him out of seven matches.
He found himself out of the line-up again after that setback but boss Erik ten Hag hailed his “magnificent” return as United beat West Ham 1-0 in Maguire‘s first Prem start since being axed 11 weeks prior.
The former Leicester City man was in action again yesterday in the 4-2 Carabao Cup victory over Aston Villa.
That was just hours after he was named in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England World Cup squad.
And before kick off he received a glowing endorsement from Schmeichel, the goalkeeper who helped the Red Devils to their epic Treble in 1999.
The Great Dane, who was working as a pundit for the game on Sky Sports, said: “This guy, he’s born to play for Manchester United.
“He reminds me a little bit of (Steve) Bruce. Not the same kind of player, but the same kind of personality, you need those kind of players in the squad, he’s a level headed guy.
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“Then he’s up against the most difficult part of being a Manchester United player – and that is being a Manchester United player.”
Fellow pundit Dion Dublin, another former United player, then added: “The Man United fans have stayed with him, I think it’s helped him.
“The manager has come in and said ‘play, no problem at all’ and he’s shown this club how good he is.”
Maguire will be hoping for more minutes when United travel to Fulham on Sunday before linking up with the Three Lions to head to Qatar.
England start their World Cup campaign against Iran on Monday, November 21 in Group B.
Next up is a clash against Gregg Berhalter’s USA, with the mouth-watering clash against near-neighbours Wales the final game on November 29.