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“He’s got them sort of traits. He’s a young lad still but he’s been at the club since he was five years old so he knows the fabric and what it means to be a Man United player.

“He attacks the header really well, it’s two movements to get the end of this, there’s a lot of thinking behind it. There’s also a desire to get on the end of things.

“He has the credentials I think to be a mainstay in this team and be a real important member of this team for years, years and years to come because of how he applies himself.

“It’s not just your football ability sometimes. There’s more to it than that. Your mental capacity to take things on board but also the ability to go out there and accept responsibility and be the man that people look to for that inspiration.

“He seems to doing that more and more, week-in, week-out. I think it’s the level of consistency [he needs to improve]. As a young player you’re always going to see glimpses of it but with him it’s about continuing this. He’s in a good vein of form at the moment.

“He’s almost certainly now become one of the main players in that midfield area, I’d say. He’s one I think that Ole can build around in that respect.

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“He’s not the one you’d say is the most imaginative or the person with the most skills because there’s other things he brings to the game that a lot of the other players don’t bring.

“That’s the intensity, the work rate, the effort. Importantly, the responsibility he takes on when he tracks back and covers Maguire out of position. As a centre-back as I was, you appreciate that, him covering them gaps when they’re left open. That’s important.”

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