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21st Feb 2022

Harry Maguire dedicates Leeds goal to young boy living with cancer

Reuben Pinder


The centre-back opened the scoring for Manchester United, at Elland Road.

Harry Maguire dedicated his goal against Leeds United on Sunday to seven-year-old supporter River Rhodes, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

The Manchester United captain opened the scoring for the away side as the Red Devils secured an important 4-2 victory at Elland Road, putting them fourth in the Premier League table.

The 28-year-old met with River last week, where he played football with him, posed for photos and handed him a home shirt. Maguire later replied to a post from the young fan saying: “That was for you River.”

Rhodes had originally said: “Good luck Man Utd (and) Harry Maguire, score a header for me mate, don’t forget the knee slide.”

‘Thanks River. Stay strong’

The gesture was praised by several people on social media, including United legend and current Derby boss Wayne Rooney, who commented on the Instagram post saying it was ‘class.’

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River Rhodes, who comes from the Midlands, is living with cancer and is in Manchester where he receives radiotherapy treatment.

Despite coming from a family of Wolves supporters, the seven-year-old is a big fan of the England international and the Red Devils. The former Hull City man thanked the youngster for the meet-up last week, saying:

“Absolute pleasure to meet this legend today.

“A great chat and even better kick about. Thanks River. Stay strong.”

Maguire, who has been criticised in recent weeks, with rumours about the United captaincy escalating, responded to his critics on Sunday with the opening goal against Leeds in the first-half.

It was an important win for the Red Devils, who now travel to Madrid to take on Atlético on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

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