Don't miss this incredible Maguire stat for 2019/20!
It has been revealed that Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has played more minutes during 2019/20 than any other footballer.
That’s not just within the United squad, the UK or in Europe. According to renowned stats site TransferMarkt, Harry leads the way worldwide.
The Yorkshireman has played a monumental 5,412 minutes across 60 matches for club and country, and could bolster that tally should he appear in Sunday’s Europa League semi-final against Sevilla – and the potential final that could follow if the Reds are successful.
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That figure puts him ahead of FC Copenhagen centre-back Victor Nelsson (5,366) – who played in our quarter-final with the Danes on Monday – and Wolves stars Rui Patricio (5,310) and Conor Coady (5,130). Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak rounds out the top five (4,986).
While Maguire will desperately hope that his maiden season in M16 will finish with him lifting some silverware for his new club before it concludes, the stat above highlights the skipper’s hugely impressive reliability and consistency – plus his sheer desire to get on the field and lead his team.
A clear indication of that desire came recently, when our no.5 played all 90 minutes of a seemingly straightforward second leg against LASK in the Europa League.
The Reds had a 5-0 advantage from the first leg in March, but Maguire was selected and ensured the squad saw the job through.
Asked after the match why he had not opted to reward Harry with an opportunity to rest, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replied:
“First of all, he’s desperate to play, he’s the captain. There’s a reason why he’s the captain: he always wants to play, but he’s always ready to play. He’s missed one game, two games this season maybe through some illness, and I think he just gets sharper and sharper the more he plays.”
Maguire had already become the first outfield Red in 25 years to play every minute of a Premier League season – matching Gary Pallister’s efforts in 1994/95 – and should he play in the semi-final and final of this season’s Europa League, he will match Daley Blind’s tally of 56 matches in a campaign (2015/16) – the most by a United defender in the 21st century.
At international level, the 27-year-old also played every single minute of all six of England’s games during 2019/20.
Maguire signed from Leicester City last summer, in a deal that was reported as a world record for a defensive player, and the former Fox soon established himself as the United defence’s anchoring heartbeat.
By the end of the Premier League season, United boasted the third-best defensive record in the Premier League, just one goal behind Manchester City and three behind Liverpool. That's an 18-goal improvement on our 2018/19 efforts in the competition.
It was also recently revealed that Maguire played two months of the season with a hip injury sustained in January – the same month he was named as the club’s new captain, following Ashley Young’s transfer to Internazionale.
The imposing, cultured centre-back’s influence has only grown since then. While United’s upturn in form has rightly led to huge praise for new acquisition Bruno Fernandes and his impact on the team’s goalscoring, the defence has also been quietly improving.
Solskjaer’s side kept just nine clean sheets in the opening 29 games of the campaign. In the next 31 games, they kept 18.
Maguire has been a huge part of that progression, and has undoubtedly been a brilliant signing for Solskjaer and the club, after several years where United struggled to find a settled central defence, with injury problems often besieging players like Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and, to a lesser degree, Chris Smalling.
Maguire has become United’s rock at the back, and his determined, resilient contribution this season deserves recognition – as this remarkable stat underlines.