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Maguire says it is a ‘pleasure’ to play with Man Utd star after Leeds victory

Harry Maguire has said it is a ‘pleasure’ to play with Manchester United team-mate David de Gea as they kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Leeds United.

Erik ten Hag’s side registered a 2-0 win at Elland Road to win successive league matches at Leeds’ home ground for the first time since October 1976.

De Gea made his 400th Premier League appearance in the game – with only Ryan Giggs (632) and Paul Scholes (499) having played more games for the Red Devils in the competition.

The Spanish star is now the youngest goalkeeper in Premier League history to register 400 appearances and has also equalled Peter Schmeichel’s record of 178 clean sheets in all competitions.

Maguire praised De Gea after the win as the United skipper told Sky Sports: ‘To play 400 games for this club in the most scrutinised position in world football, that just shows how good he’s been over the years for the club.

‘He’s a legend and is performing at the highest level this season and he’ll keep doing that. It’s a pleasure to play in front of him.’

Ten Hag handed Maguire a start in Sunday’s game and the England centre-back also discussed his lack of game time this campaign.

‘I’m the captain of the team and I put the team miles before myself,’ Maguire added. ‘Whether I’m playing or not I want the team to be successful.

‘I’m still playing my part, still coming on in games, still getting my minutes but every footballer wants to start games.

‘It’s disappointing but all you can do is train well and make sure you a ready when the chance comes.

‘There are lots of players who aren’t playing as well. We have four international centre-backs at this club and there is always going to be two unhappy – that’s how it is. I’ll keep fighting, working hard and be ready when called upon.’

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