Man Utd star Harry Maguire could have been an accountant but has nevertheless…

Manchester United captain cost an astronomical figure.

But, the mind-boggling figures should be no problem for Harry Maguire who could’ve traded a football career for being an accountant, according to his former teacher.

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Maguire became the most expensive defender in the world after signing for United in 2019Credit: Getty – Contributor

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But Maguire, nicknamed slab-head, could have been an accountant, his former teacher revealedCredit: PA:Press Association

The burly 6ft 4in defender was a revelation at Leicester City and 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 splashed out £85million to bring him to Old Trafford.

Maguire, 28, attended St Mary’s Catholic High School in Chesterfield, where he excelled with his studies.

“He was a exceptional 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, already though he showed potential 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 dayCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

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Maguire, second row first from the right, was a brain box at schoolCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

His former PE teacher, Martin McKee said he was destined to become a footballer.

“He could really rule 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 nevertheless 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 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 dispensing 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 CainCredit: Glenn Ashley Photography

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As a teenager, Maguire starred for boyhood club Sheffield UnitedCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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At The Blades, Maguire won their Player of the Season award three years in a rowCredit: PA:Press Association

HE ACHIEVED HIS DREAM

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

In his first complete 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 exceptional nine month spell.

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Sporty Maguire launches a shot put during sports practiceCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

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Maguire’s presented with a house awardCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

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Soon, Maguire was playing in the Premier League with Hull CityCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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Maguire scored his first Premier League goal against MiddlesbroughCredit: Reuters

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 CupCredit: Getty – Contributor

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Fearless defender Maguire helped England reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World CupCredit: Getty – Contributor

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 sets for £17m, which had some experts in the game questioning his move fee.

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

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Goals from headers have become Maguire’s trademarkCredit: Reuters

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Leicester City paid £17m for Maguire’s sets in 2017Credit: Reuters

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A fearless competitor, Maguire’s a hard grafter on the training pitchCredit: Getty – Contributor

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Maguire modelled his dispensing on the likes of John Terry and Rio FerdinandCredit: Getty – Contributor

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 present for loved-up selfies on social media, but Maguire is typically one to shun the limelight and glitzy life.

In 2019, they became parents for the first time – and Maguire shared a break of his daughter Lillie Saint on Instagram.

A year later they additional Piper Rose to their family.

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Fern Hawkins is Harry Maguire’s dramatically girlfriendCredit: Instagram

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Every inch a Wag, Hawkins shares snaps of her glamorous life on social mediaCredit: Instagram

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Hawkins rose to fame cheering on Maguire from the stands at World Cup 2018Credit: Getty – Contributor

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Despite sharing some snaps on social media, Maguire does like to keep his private life personal

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Maguire got engaged to Hawkins in 2018Credit: Instagram @_fernhawkins

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In 2019 Maguire shared an image of his daughter on social mediaCredit: Instagram @_fernhawkins

But don’t be fooled into thinking he’s all showbiz now. After all, we’re talking about a man who once reported for England duty with two carrier bags complete 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 complete 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 move to start splashing the cash on designer luggage.

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