Harry Maguire threatens to LEAVE Man United in January if his bit-part role continues under Erik ten Hag… as the England defender points out his ‘ridiculously high’ win percentage
- Defender Harry Maguire has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester United
- Maguire has only started once in the Premier League this term for Man United
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Harry Maguire has threatened to leave Manchester United in January if he continues in a bit-part role under manager Erik ten Hag.
Maguire, axed as United captain in the summer, was handed his first Premier League start of the season with six other defenders injured, and celebrated by setting up Scott McTominay’s winner against Brentford last Saturday.
However, the 30-year-old faces a return to the sidelines once the likes of Raphael Varane are fit again, harming his chances of being an England starter at Euro 2024 under Gareth Southgate.
‘I am not going to sit here all my life and play once a month. If it carries on I am sure myself and the club will sit down and have a chat about things,’ said Maguire, speaking on international duty ahead of England’s double-header against Australia on Friday and Italy on Tuesday.
‘It’s not my decision whether I start the next game for United or not. In a couple of weeks, I’ll go back and find out.
Harry Maguire has started only once in the Premier League this season for Manchester United
The centre back was quick to highlight his impressive record at the back when he starts
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‘I have belief in my ability and it’s been tough. I want to play games and feel important to the club.
HARRY’S BRILLIANT RECORD
Since the end of the World Cup, Maguire has a win percentage of 88.9 in matches he has started for club and country (P18 W16 D1 L1).
His only defeat when starting a match this calendar year came in United’s 3-0 Europa League quarter-final second leg loss at Sevilla.
‘At the moment, I haven’t been playing anywhere near as much as I would like. That is the bottom line.’
Maguire came close to joining West Ham this summer but says he is ready to play for United if Ten Hag gives him a proper run.
‘I just have to make sure I am ready to take opportunities when they come along,’ added Maguire.
‘My record under this manager speaks for itself. My win percentage when I’ve played is ridiculously high.
‘If you look back on my last 15 to 20 starts for club and country, I’m really happy with my performances.
‘At the moment I am focused on two big games for England and then on fighting to try and win my place back at Manchester United and help the team climb the league.’
Maguire has seen his career nosedive since Ten Hag took over at Old Trafford in 2021.
Maguire will be looking to play regularly ahead of next summer’s European Championship
Gareth Southgate has frequently defended Maguire amid criticism aimed at the defender
He made only eight league starts last season and was given just two minutes as a late substitute when United won the Carabao Cup to lift their first trophy since 2017.
Facing abuse from fans, Maguire has won praise for the stoic way he has dealt with the situation.
He got a rare opportunity against Brentford with Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw and Sergio Reguilon out, forcing Victor Lindelof’s move to full back.
Varane and Reguilon should be available for United’s next game at Maguire’s former club Sheffield United a week on Saturday, so the defender will take Ten Hag’s selection as a clue to his future.
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