Manchester United captain Harry Maguire could have arrived at Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2011, former manager Terry Butcher has explained.

The Manchester United centre-back is in a race against time to be fit for England’s Euro 2020 matches this summer, rivals with Scotland alongside Czech Republic and Croatia in the group. But 10 years ago when Maguire was still with Sheffield United, a loan deal was agreed to send Maguire to the Scottish Premiership and the Highlands.

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The Manchester United defender will feature for England this summer. (Photo by Patrick Elmont – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

It was arranged by Inverness’ chief scout Steve Marsella, but it collapsed at the final hurdle, Maguire going on to become one of the most expensive defenders ever at Manchester United (DR): “I left almost all my transfers to Steve Marsella. It was through one of his many contacts that we found out that Harry Maguire was available.

“We had agreed a loan deal with Sheffield United. The finances weren’t that big. The only thing that United wanted was a guarantee that if Harry came up to Inverness that he would play. We told them that we wouldn’t be taking a player up from Sheffield United and not playing him.

“Everything was agreed and then Sheffield United ended up getting a defender injured and they ended up pulling the deal. It was disappointing, especially when you look at what Harry has gone on to achieve in the game with Leicester City, Manchester United and England. Sometimes I sit back and think about what could have been.”

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