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Man Utd captain Maguire: League One grounding made me defender I am today

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire insists his game isn't about being pretty.

Ahead of today's visit to Liverpool, Maguire says his focus is always on defending.

Maguire is the first United skipper to face Liverpool as league leaders since Nemanja Vidic in 2013.

"I've learned so much as captain of this club," says Maguire, whose career was built in the lower leagues at Sheffield United before an upgrade to Leicester and the 2018 World Cup.

"It's a massive honour but I am here to win games and trophies. That's my character.

"I played in League One, learning about heading, blocking, tackling and the rest in a really tough environment. It teaches you to be tough. The main thing isn't about stepping out from the back and knocking long diagonal balls to people — it's about keeping the ball out of your own net."

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