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Harry Maguire 'must quit' as he's told Manchester United career is over

Alex Brotherton

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Harry Maguire 'must quit' as he's told Manchester United career is over

Harry Maguire has been told he must leave Manchester United if he is to resurrect his career at the top level.

Maguire has endured a torrid few years at United, with a series of mistakes and poor performances preventing him from living up to his £80m transfer fee.

Under Erik ten Hag the club captain has slumped to fourth-choice centre-back, with the manager preferring to deploy left-back Luke Shaw in a central role when one of Raphael Varane or Lisandro Martinez isn't available.

Having started just five Premier League games this season, the writing appears to be on the wall for Maguire's career at Old Trafford.

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Maguire remains United's club captain, but former Red Devils striker Louis Saha believes the defender must seek a move away as soon as possible.

"Harry Maguire must look for a move away from Manchester United because his form is going to drop as he won’t play much," Saha told Paddy Power.

"The way United play at the back, dominating and playing forward-thinking football, Maguire takes too many touches, and they lose the opportunity to attract the opponent on to them.

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"That's what happens when your confidence is low. We see it when opponents try to press Raphael Varane or Lisandro Martínez, they can cope with ease, unlike Maguire.

"It’s difficult seeing the club captain not playing, but he still has a smile on his face. No one will be annoyed at him for wanting to play more minutes as he’s also a very important player for England.

"He needs minutes and his style would suit a team who are very compact defensively and hit teams on the counter.

"But right now, United need a very composed and agile player at the back, able to maintain the quality going forwards. If Maguire wants to stay, he has to improve very quickly and take any opportunity he gets in the team.

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"It’s a big challenge for Maguire. He can play for Manchester United but given the players ahead of him in the team, he’s not going to get the minutes he needs if he wants to remain at the top."

Maguire was ruled out of the 3-0 win over former club Leicester City on Sunday but Ten Hag is hopeful of him being available soon.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Harry Maguire, Manchester United, Premier League, Erik Ten Hag, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours, Louis Saha

Alex Brotherton
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