Former Bramall Lane skipper Chris Morgan has tipped star centre-half Harry Maguire as a future captain of Sheffield United.
Maguire, the most successful of recent graduates from the club’s Redtooth Academy, has made 160 senior appearances for United at the age of just 21.
His latest came in Tuesday’s 1-0 derby victory over South Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United, where he donned the captain’s armband.
With Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Hull C ity in mind, United boss Nigel Clough made eight changes to his side to face the Millers - recalling George Long in goal and handing a full debut to Connor Dimaio.
Youngsters Otis Khan and Louis Reed also enjoyed eye-catching cameos from the bench, and Morgan, who spent nine seasons as a player at Bramall Lane before moving into a role overseeing the club’s under-21 side, told The Star: “They’ve been doing well in the U-18s and U-21s, so we gave them a chance.
“We want to do that at this club, and they were excellent.
“But I think sometimes we lose sight of the fact that Harry and George are still so young, too.
“George was excellent against Rotherham and when Harry put on that armband, without getting carried away, you can already see that he is in that captaincy mould.
“I said that to him when he came off, too - that was a skipper’s performance.”
Maguire is one of six players remaining from United’s last visit to Wembley - the 2011/12 play-off final defeat, on penalties, to Huddersfield Town.
“It’s a great arena to play football in,” Morgan, who led United out at Wembley for their 2009 play-off final loss against Burnley, added.
“But it’s also a big occasion, and it’s about handling the nerves and excitement.
“We’re not just going for a day out; we’re going down there to get a result.”