Maguire: My dad claimed he scored 200 in a season!
Daniel James and Harry Maguire have both enjoyed great success in their first seasons with Manchester United, after joining the club last summer from Swansea City and Leicester City respectively.
“There are a few players that obviously come to mind. I think, growing up, I always liked Juan [Mata]. It’s a weird one because, when I first signed for United, meeting him, he’s such a great guy and it was surreal for me to meet him. He was playing for Chelsea in those days when I was watching. Him and [Eden] Hazard together, I always looked up to them two.
“Ryan Giggs, who is obviously my manager for Wales, is always someone I look up to. Not just from the career that he had, but the way he went about it. He played for Manchester United for over 20 years. To play at the top level for that long, to play until you’re 39 or 40, still in the Premier League at the top level, you rarely see that in the game and there’s not many players who are going to do that ever again. To do that, he’s someone to look up to. I’ll say Thierry Henry too, for the things that he did. But probably Ryan Giggs most out of them all.”
“I’d say my inspiration is my dad. He always told me how good he was, back in the day! I’m not too sure how good he was. I’ve seen some videos and he’s got some old newspaper articles which showed me he’d scored 200 goals in a season, or something like that. I don’t know what team he was playing for! He was my manager playing as a young boy in a Sunday league for Brunsmeer.
“He’s the one that has always pushed me, motivated me and took me up and down the country when we used to go to Newcastle on a Sunday morning or travel away. So I’d say he’s the one who has been my biggest inspiration, and my biggest critic as well. After games, if I don’t play too well, he still messages me now if he feels like I can improve. His support over the years has been great and I’m incredibly thankful.”
“My dad always inspired me to be a professional footballer. He always believed in me, so I’d probably say him.”
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