Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed with the impact Harry Maguire has made at Manchester United – and has no doubt that the defender will one day become an Old Trafford captain.
Maguire arrived at the Red Devils in a stunning 80million move from Leicester in the summer and is preparing to face his former team at The Theater of Dreams this weekend.
Saturday’s match will be the first time the 26-year-old has gone up against his former club since completing his summer switch to United, becoming the most expensive defender in history.
And ahead of the match, Red Devils manager Solskjaer feels the England centre-back is already living up to his price tag.
“I think he’s been brilliant, I think he’s come into the dressing room and been a leader,” said Solskjaer.
“He’s also a leader on the pitch and I’m sure he’s looking forward to playing against his old team. Now he’s here he’s going to be a big part of the future of this club.
“We’ve watched him enough to know he’s the guy we wanted, that’s why we spent the money we did on him. Leicester didn’t want to lose him.
“He’s definitely a character and personality that can be captain of a big club.
“In the dressing room, he’s a leader both by performances, stature and behaviour.
“He’s a character you’d like to follow; some are technical leaders, some are leaders by voice, but he’s got the lot.”
Meanwhile, injury-hit Manchester United could be without seven first-team players against Leicester, with Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial among those ruled out by Solskjaer.
Returning to winning ways against Brendan Rodgers’ in-form side at Old Trafford looked a tough enough task without a lengthy injury list that threatens to derail their afternoon.
Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Eric Bailly remain sidelined, while Martial continues to be laid low with a thigh issue and Pogba has yet to recover from an ankle injury.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard are doubts after withdrawing from the England squad with a back complaint and illness respectively, leaving Solskjaer with a selection headache.