Harry Maguire is living the dream as Manchester United captain.
It has been a remarkable rise for a player who spent the early part of his career scrapping at the wrong end of the table, or in the Championship.
As Maguire’s detractors like to point out, he has experienced relegations at three different clubs, Sheffield United, Wigan and Hull City.
But rather than allow this misfortune to define him, Maguire has emerged a stronger player.
Signed for £80 million, Maguire began his transformation at Leicester City where he established himself as a top Premier League performer and an England international.
Having experienced the lows football can offer, Maguire is even more determined to savour the highs Manchester United can provide.
He told the club website earlier this year: “I’ve been through so much in my career already – I’ve had promotions, relegations, played under numerous managers, managers being sacked, playing under caretakers.
“I feel like I’ve done an awful amount which I’ve learned an awful lot from.”
Now competing at the right end of the table and chasing silverware, Maguire has a hunger for success which other players may take for granted.
This might have been what let Phil Jones down at United, the move came too soon before he could develop as a defender and grow as a person.
If Maguire had signed for United as a young player for a bargain fee, he likely would have been chewed up and spat out by the ruthless demands for success, before he was ready for it.
Instead United have signed a player who is battle hardened by his tough experiences.
He is not a young kid, but a man ready to lead the biggest club in the world.
Perhaps if Jones had been able to grow before he joined United, he wouldn’t be seen now as a failure.
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