Mauricio Pochettino had hoped to take defender Harry Maguire to Tottenham, says Danny Rose, with the ex-Spurs boss having been “all over” a commanding centre-back long before Manchester United put a record-breaking £80m in place.
The Englishman became the most expensive defender in world football when making a move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2019.
That move was made from Leicester, with the club having acquired the 27-year-old from Hull City two seasons earlier.
It was during Harry’s time with the Tigers that he first started to register on the radar of those further up the PL food chain, with Pochettino spotting his potential early.
Tottenham were, however, to opt against following up on the interest of their boss, with the path left clear for domestic rivals to benefit from the obvious ability of a player who now dons the captain’s armband at United.
Danny told The Lockdown Tactics podcast of his England colleague: “I remember we played Hull at White Hart Lane [in December 2016] and we won 3-0.
“Mauricio was manager and the gaffer was all over Harry. I think they [Tottenham] were in for him.
“Once Poch took a liking to him I started to notice him straight away after that. It’s been a great journey for him.
“Training with him for England, you couldn’t get the ball off him. He’s so good. He fully deserves to be Manchester United captain.”
Another Harry now being heavily mentioned with a move to United is England captain Kane, with the prolific striker conceding that personal ambition may lead him away from north London.