Tottenham defender Danny Rose has revealed that his former manager Mauricio Pochettino was a huge fan of Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire while he was developing at Hull City.
Maguire has been a huge hit since he made the £80m move from Leicester to Old Trafford last summer, and he was made captain when Ashley Young left the club in January.
It appears Pochettino spotted the England international's potential early on, with Rose explaining how impressed the Argentinean was with the player.
Speaking on The Lockdown Tactics podcast, Rose said: "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 (Maguire). 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."
West Ham's Robert Snodgrass, who played with Maguire at Hull, also appeared on the podcast, and added: "We used to play him in centre midfield in training and he was just a very, very good footballer.
"People look at his size and think he's an old school centre half, but he's nothing like that. He's one of the best defenders I've ever seen coming out with the ball and playing clever passes."
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