Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has been hailed by Fulham ace Calvin Bassey following Saturday’s clash between the two clubs.
United headed to West London on Saturday afternoon, desperately needing three points after a damaging week.
It look a while, but United did find the breakthrough in injury-time as Bruno Fernandez fired United into a 1-0 lead.
United saw the game out with Harry Maguire vital at the back in a much-needed United clean sheet.
Fulham ace praises Harry Maguire influence
Maguire has divided opinion during his United career but he seems to be an inspiration for one Fulham defender
Calvin Bassey was emerging in the Leicester City ranks when Maguire was a first-team star at the King Power Stadium.
Bassey went on to shine himself, thriving for Rangers before moves to Ajax and Fulham.
Bassey called Maguire a ‘quality player’ and still holds him in high regard after being ‘incredible’ and ‘amazing’ at Leicester.
“At the time I was coming through the ranks and he was one of the players I looked up to and still do, he’s a quality player,” said Bassey. “Now that I’m playing on the opposite side, he plays on the opposite side, just giving me some advice like any top player would.”
“Yeah of course. He was incredible at Leicester and still is. To do what he did for Leicester was amazing,” added Bassey when asked if Maguire is an inspiration.
My view: Maguire fighting for Manchester United future
Maguire looked pretty much finished at United over the summer, seemingly seeing his role diminish with Erik ten Hag happy for him to leave.
The England international baffled many by rejecting a move to West Ham United, despite the prospect of first-team football in East London.
Maguire felt adamant that he could still make an impact for United and he has arguably been one of Ten Hag’s top performers in recent weeks.
Outstanding against Fulham, Maguire is fighting for his United career and now justifying his decision to snub West Ham.
Maguire must keep this form going, but hearing this kind of praise and admiration from a fellow Premier League defender must be a major confidence boost