Harry Maguire.

When Harry matched Pally

Monday 26 April 2021 08:00

Manchester United's Harry Maguire has equalled a club Premier League record set by fellow centre-back Gary Pallister.

Our skipper has played throughout the last 71 league matches, without missing a single minute of action, as he continues to show such remarkable durability and endurance.

This means he is level in terms of the record since the division started in 1992, which was set by Pallister with the same run between November 1993 and May 1995 and only ended at the start of the 1995/96 season.

Pallister, a record £2.3 million signing from Middlesbrough was an ever-present when the Reds narrowly missed out on the title and FA Cup in a devastating climax to the 1994/95 campaign.

The England defender started the opening game of the following term but, with United 3-0 down at Aston Villa, he was withdrawn on 59 minutes, for youngster John O'Kane, to lose his record.

David Beckham pulled one back in a 3-1 reverse for Sir Alex Ferguson's team, who would overcome this setback to clinch the Double for the second time in our history.

It means Maguire can set a new benchmark if he goes through the full 90 minutes of next Sunday's big game at Old Trafford against arch-rivals Liverpool.

Of course, before then, the Reds are in Europa League action against Roma on Thursday night, also at the Theatre of Dreams.

Our agonising 1-1 draw at Upton Park in 1995 proved to be the last full game of Pallister's run.

Maguire led the Reds in the goalless draw at Leeds United on Sunday and picked up a booking in the second half for a foul on Tyler Roberts, his 10th of the Premier League campaign.

If he had been yellow-carded in the win over Burnley, he would have served a two-game suspension but this rule only counted up to the 32nd fixture in the competition. The clash at Elland Road was the 33rd of our league term.

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