The gap between the sides is currently 11 points, although United are more closely pursued by Leicester City, West Ham and Chelsea, who are four, eight and nine points behind respectively.
Maguire’s direct opponent on Sunday will be the league’s most prolific goalscorer, Harry Kane, who leads the charts for both goals and assists in the 2020/21 campaign and it’s a task the skipper is relishing.
“I want to play in the biggest games possible against the best players; that’s why I joined this club. Harry [Kane] is one of those.
“I know him from England really well. He’s a top striker, one of the best in the world and he does it season after season, scores goals after goals.”
There’s no chance that their friendship from international duty will be seen on the pitch on Sunday, though.
“He’ll be ready for battle and I’ll be ready for battle. May the best man win.”
“It’s not just individuals; it’s a team effort. As a defensive unit we’ve got to be strong, go there and get a clean sheet and give the team the best opportunity to win the game.”