Erik ten Hag drops biggest hint yet that Harry Maguire will leave Man United

Erik ten Hag drops biggest hint yet that Harry Maguire will leave Man United

Erik ten Hag has suggested Harry Maguire could leave Manchester United this summer if the defender decides he’s unhappy with his playing time.

Club captain Maguire has played a bit-part role since Ten Hag became Red Devils boss, playing just 16 Premier League games this season.

Maguire started just eight Premier League matches in the 2022/23 season

3

Maguire started just eight Premier League matches in the 2022/23 seasonCredit: Getty

Maguire’s been culpable for high-profile errors but Ten Hag has consistently praised the £80million man around Old Trafford, even when he has endured long spells out of the team.

When fit, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have been the preferred central-defensive partnership in the former Ajax boss’s first campaign, with Luke Shaw sometimes filling in, as the team racked up 17 top-flight clean sheets – the most of any side in the division.

Now the manager has made the strongest suggestion yet that Maguire’s time at Man United could be coming to an end.

“No one would be happy with this situation,” Ten Hag said in an interview with The Times. “He is not as well. He trains always on best levels, so with 100 per cent effort.

Fulham interested in Fred transfer with Marco Silva spotted talking to Man United star
Roy Keane rips into Man United players for celebrating David de Gea's Golden Glove award

“So he handles that situation well and he’s in that manner and in his captaincy he’s important for the squad.

“But he has high competition there (at centre-back) with Raphael Varane, who’s fantastic.”

He added: “Let’s say I’m happy he’s here and when we needed him he did his job. But it’s also a decision he has to make.”

Ten Hag also said that David De Gea, who himself has made costly mistakes including in Seville and in the recent defeat to West Ham, will remain at the club, though may not be guaranteed a place in the team.

Maguire joined Man United for a record fee for a defender in the summer of 2019

3

Maguire joined Man United for a record fee for a defender in the summer of 2019Credit: Getty

The team finished with the third best defensive record in the Premier League with 43 goals conceded, bettered only by Newcastle and champions Manchester City. De Gea was ever-present and collected the Golden Glove for the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets.

Asked if the 32-year-old would still be at United next season, Ten Hag replied: “Yes, but I will not say he will always be my no.1 because in a club like United there must be competition in all positions.”

This may not please Man United legend Roy Keane, who believes the club ought to get rid.

“Manchester United had to improve defensively from last year because they were so bad,” Keane said.

De Gea won the award for keeping 17 clean sheets from 38 Premier League appearances

3

De Gea won the award for keeping 17 clean sheets from 38 Premier League appearancesCredit: Getty

“They’re [Man United players] all patting De Gea on the back there…I’d move him on quickly. He wouldn’t be for me, he’s not going to get Manchester United back winning trophies, absolutely not.

“The idea that the players are patting him on the back is ridiculous, that’s his job.”

Man United face City at Wembley on Saturday in the first all-Manchester FA Cup final, looking to foil their city rivals’ bid the match the treble won by Sir Alex Ferguson’s team in 1999.

Video TEN HAG Hints at GREENWOOD Return! DE GEA & MAGUIRE Warning! Man Utd News