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‘Talent leader’ – Rory McIlroy heaps praise on Man Utd’s ‘supporter’ Harry Maguire after meeting at pro-Dubai event

RORY McILROY has hailed Manchester United captain Harry Maguire as a ‘great leader’ after the pair bonded together on the golf course this week.

Northern Irish polisher McIlroy and England defender Maguire kicked off at the Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am on Tuesday.

Man Utd captain Harry Maguire has been called a'great leader' by Rory McIlroy

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Man Utd captain Harry Maguire has been called a ‘great leader’ by Rory McIlroyCredit: Getty
McIlroy played some golf with Maguire before the loss to Dubai Desert Classic

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McIlroy played some golf with Maguire before the loss to Dubai Desert ClassicCredit: Getty

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and other golf pros including Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood joined the fun at Emirates Golf Club.

But longing Red Devil McIlroy fans spent most of their time talking about all things United with club captain Maguire.

The former Leicester star has been sacked at one point this season after Man United’s form fell.

But McIlroy believes ‘motivator’ Maguire is the ideal player to lead Ralf Rangnick’s side.

And he warned opponents not to slam Maguire due to the size of a defender.

McIlroy, who almost missed out on victory at the Dubai Desert Classic today after a dribble through the hole, beamed: “I saw him. [Maguire] on scope this morning.

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“I was rushing to make my first tee shot because I was late so I didn’t get a chance to see what he hit. It’s great to have those guys here.

“He seems like a great leader, a great motivator, the kind of personality you want to be captain of a football team and someone you admire.

“He is actually a lot bigger than I realized standing next to him. Like standing next to him, he’s a big guy, I wouldn’t want to be handled by him, that’s for sure.

“It’s nice to see him out there and hopefully, I think everyone involved probably needs a break and they can come back, refreshed and end the season well.”

Maguire will return to action on Friday in United’s FA Cup fourth round clash with Middlesbrough.

The Red Devils then face Burnley, Southampton, Brighton and Leeds in the Premier League ahead of their Champions League last-16 first leg tie with Atletico Madrid.

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