Harry Maguire: Man Utd new transfer signing could have been an accountant but has still made a fortune with his ‘massive head’

HE’S Manchester United’s new £85million signing, breaking the record for the biggest ever transfer fee spent on a defender.

The figures are mind-boggling but should be now problem for record breaker Harry Maguire who could’ve traded a football career for being an accountant, according to his former teacher.

Harry Maguire is a £90m transfer target for Man Utd
Harry Maguire is a £90m transfer target for Man Utd
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But Maguire, nicknamed slab-head, could have been an accountant, his former teacher revealed
But Maguire, nicknamed slab-head, could have been an accountant, his former teacher revealed
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The burly 6ft 4in defender has been a revelation at Leicester City and is one of the first names on the team sheet for England, but when he was a kid he was a numbers whizz.

So good in fact that Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has splashed out £85million to bring him to Old Trafford.

Maguire, 26, attended St Mary’s Catholic High School in Chesterfield, where he excelled with his studies.

“He was a remarkable pupil who always came in and worked very hard,” Sue Cain, deputy headteacher at the school told the Derbyshire Times.

“He was never in any trouble and he had such a good attitude. He did everything you asked him to do and he never questioned why. He was a popular lad.”

The brainy centre half ended up scoring high grades in his exams, including in maths which is where Cain believed he had a future.

“He got A* and A grades in his GCSEs,” she revealed.

“I think he would have gone on to study business or maths and probably have been an accountant.”

In the end, the Sheffield-born star chose football, even though he showed promise at cross-country running, rugby and table tennis as a pupil.

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A keen runner as a kid, Harry Maguire, left, shone at school sports day
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Maguire, second row first from the right, was a brain box at school
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His former PE teacher, Martin McKee said he was destined to become a footballer.

“He could really dominate a game from central midfield,” he divulged.

“He had an aura about him. He could dribble around everyone if he wanted to.”

FAMILY AFFAIR

Level-headed Maguire might’ve left the school 10 years ago, but he’s still very much part of their fabric.

He returns regularly, giving talks to the boys about his experiences and presented his former teachers with a signed shirt.

It’s the same school his 22-year-old brother Laurence, who plays for Chesterfield, attended. Their sister, Daisy, 19, was also taught at St Mary’s.

Football in the Maguire clan is a family trait. Another brother Joe, 27, was last seen playing for non league side Buxton FC.

But it’s Harry who’s earning all the plaudits now and he’s had to work hard to get where he is today.

As a youngster he looked up to the likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, knowing that he had to work hard on his distribution to be taken seriously in the modern game.

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On his last trip to the school, Maguire presented a signed shirt to former PE teacher, Martin McKee and Deputy Headteacher, Sue Cain
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As a teenager, Maguire starred for boyhood club Sheffield United
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At The Blades, Maguire won their Player of the Season award three years in a row
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HE ACHIEVED HIS DREAM

He fulfilled a childhood dream by playing for Sheffield United, where he came through their youth system.

In his first full season, he helped the Blades into the playoffs as they attempted to gain promotion from League One.

A heartbreaking penalty shootout loss in the final to Huddersfield Town in 2012 dampened his spirits slightly.

However, Maguire’s contribution was well-received, and he was named both their Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year during a remarkable nine month spell.

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Sporty Maguire launches a shot put during sports practice
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Maguire’s presented with a house award
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Soon, Maguire was playing in the Premier League with Hull City
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Maguire scored his first Premier League goal against Middlesbrough
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For the next two years, he was crowned Player of the Year as his star continued to grow.

PREMIER LEAGUE REGULAR

In 2014, Steve Bruce, a commanding centre half in his day, decided to splash £2.5m on the promising talent.

That’s where Maguire continued a trend of rising to a tougher challenge.

In 2016, he made his Premier League debut with Hull City – becoming a regular when Marco Silva took charge.

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Harry Maguire become an England hero at the World Cup
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Harry Maguire
Fearless defender Maguire helped England reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup
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It was a tumultuous season for The Tigers, who in the end were relegated, but for Maguire, personally, it was another landmark.

Showing his leadership qualities, he captained the East Yorkshire side to victory against Middlesbrough in April 2017 in a 4-2 win.

He also scored his first Premier League goal – a bullet header – that’s become something of a trademark.

In 2017, Leicester City secured Maguire’s services for £17m, which had some experts in the game questioning his transfer fee.

But Maguire instantly became a hero on the pitch with the Foxes. His heart and desire earning him the Players’ Player of the Season, as well as Fans’ Player of the Year in his first season.

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Goals from headers have become Maguire’s trademark
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Leicester City paid £17m for Maguire’s services in 2017
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A fearless competitor, Maguire’s a hard grafter on the training pitch
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Maguire modelled his distribution on the likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand
Maguire modelled his distribution on the likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand
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His commitment to the cause – Maguire played every minute of the 2017-18 campaign – was adored by his supporters.

HE’S NOT VERY SHOWBIZ

Off the pitch, Maguire lives his personal life privately.

He does have a glamorous Wag in tow, the beautiful Fern Hawkins – a physiotherapy graduate – who rose to fame after she was seen cheering him on in Russia from the stands.

The pair regularly pose for loved-up selfies on social media, but Maguire is normally one to shun the limelight and glitzy life.

Back in April, they became parents – and Maguire shared a snap of his daughter Lillie Saint on Instagram.

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Fern Hawkins is Harry Maguire’s stunning girlfriend
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Every inch a Wag, Hawkins shares snaps of her glamorous life on social media
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Hawkins rose to fame cheering on Maguire from the stands at World Cup 2018
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Despite sharing some snaps on social media, Maguire does like to keep his private life personal
Maguire got engaged to Hawkins in 2018
Maguire got engaged to Hawkins in 2018
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Back in April Maguire shared an image of his daughter on social media
Back in April Maguire shared an image of his daughter on social media
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But don’t be fooled he’s all showbiz now. After all, we’re talking about a man who once reported for England duty with two carrier bags full of his stuff that trended on Twitter. That picture got him a rollicking from his mum.

“I’ve seen the picture on Twitter with the bags. It was just full of boots and shin pads and dirty stuff which I’ll give the kit man,” he said at the time.

“I’ll try and get some better luggage in future. My mum mentioned it. She sent me a text later on saying ‘what’s with the bags?’”

Should he move to Old Trafford, he can certainly ask Paul Pogba for some luggage advice.

However, it’s hard to imagine modest ‘slab-head’ being affected by a big-money transfer to start splashing the cash on designer luggage.

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