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Man United’s new £80m man could have been an accountant, says Catholic school teacher

Former Catholic schoolboy and Manchester United’s £80million signing Harry Maguire could have been an accountant, according to his former teacher.

Maguire recently said he is convinced his new team have a bright future ahead after completing his move to Old Trafford. The England defender signed a six-year contract, with the option of a further year, after United met Leicester’s demand for a world-record fee for a defender.

However, the 26-year-old, a former pupil at St Mary’s Catholic High School in Chesterfield, could have opted for a very different career.

“He was a remarkable pupil who always came in and worked very hard,” Sue Cain, deputy headteacher at St Mary’s, 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.

“He was very capable academically,” Ms Cain added. “He got A* and A grades in his GCSEs. I think he would have gone on to study business or maths and probably have been an accountant.”

Maguire still returns to St Mary’s on a regular basis, The Derbyshire Times reported.

Recalling one particular visit last year, Ms Cain described it as “electric”.

“The excitement was building but when he arrived all the kids’ faces lit up,” she said.

“We are incredibly proud of him and are so grateful that he wants to come back to visit but we are not surprised because he is so loyal.”

Maguire, who was also linked with champions Manchester City, believes he has joined Manchester United at an exciting time.

Speaking in an interview with United’s in-house media prior to the 2019/20 season, Maguire said: “I’m really proud to be here.

“It’s such a big club and I’m really looking forward to getting started. I’m hoping it will be a successful season and I’ll give everything I’ve got for this club.

“It’s a young team now and we’ve got big ambitions for the future. From my conversations with the manager, I am excited about the vision and plans he has for the team.

“It’s clear to see that Ole is building a team to win trophies,” he added.

“I think you’ve seen the players that we’ve brought in already this year. You can see they’re trying to build and improve on last season and I’m sure we’ll do that.”

This weekend’s Premier League fixtures:

Friday 9th August

Liverpool v Norwich City – 8:00pm

Saturday 10th August

West Ham United v Manchester City – 12:30pm
AFC Bournemouth v Sheffield United – 3:00pm
Burnley v Southampton – 3:00pm
Crystal Palace v Everton – 3:00pm
Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion – 3:00pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa – 5:30pm

Sunday 11th August

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers – 2:00pm
Newcastle United v Arsenal – 2:00pm
Manchester United v Chelsea – 4:30pm

Picture: Harry Maguire. (Tim Goode/PA).