Harry Maguire made his 100th appearance for Manchester United yesterday evening in a 2-1 win vs Brighton and Hove Albion.
💯 Centurion@HarryMaguire93 is set for a landmark night! 👏
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 4, 2021
United paid a world record £80 million for Maguire in the summer of 2019 to Leicester City, a price tag that raised many eyebrows at the time. The Englishman, however, has more than established himself as United’s first choice Center-half since signing.
Maguire has played every league game possible since signing, starting 68 out of 68 and keeping 25 clean sheets in the process, the most of any outfield player in that period.
Harry Maguire makes his 100th appearances for Manchester United this evening.
Since he made his debut, he has kept more clean sheets in the league than any other outfield player .
Consistent quality & availability. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/7DHnQytGdO
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) April 4, 2021
Since his arrival, Maguire has also appeared five times in the Champions League, 12 times in the Europa League, nine times in the FA Cup, and six times in the EFL cup.
Maguire was named captain of the Red Devils at the start of last year, with Solskjær stating that he was impressed by the Englishman’s leadership skills.
“He’s come in and everything about him tells me he is a leader. He’s part of a group that we’ve had, that have been leading this young group.” said the United boss when asked about the decision.
Perhaps Maguire’s fitness levels were a huge factor in that decision. The United skipper is everpresent, rarely missing a game, if ever. The best ability is availability, and Maguire has it in spades.
The English international was the most active player in world football in 2020, playing an astonishing 5105 minutes during the calendar year, a testament to his discipline, durability, and consistency.
When asked about the statistic, and if he would perhaps ask the manager for some more time off, Maguire laughed it off. “I’ll rest when I retire” the United skipper told the official UTD Podcast.
Maguire has had some tough times as the United skipper, but one thing that’s for sure is, good days or bad, he always shows up.