Erik ten Hag defends the embattled Harry Maguire, who is back at Manchester United with an England service injury, after players and managers told the captain ‘we believe in you’ despite recent problems.
- Erik ten Hag says everyone at Man United ‘believes in’ Harry Maguire’s abilities
- The United captain has struggled in form for both club and country recently.
- Ten Hag insists the 29-year-old still ‘has great potential’ to achieve in his career.
Erik ten Hag says Harry Maguire has the full support of everyone at Manchester United after the embattled defender continues to struggle with form and fitness.
Ten Hag confirmed that Maguire will miss Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad due to the thigh injury he sustained on international duty. The 29-year-old was blamed for two of the three goals England conceded in a 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley as he reached a new low.
But Ten Hag says he has spoken to his captain to offer him support and says that Maguire also has the backing of all his teammates.
Erik ten Hag has defended Man United defender Harry Maguire amid his slump
The 29-year-old has found himself dropped from United’s starting line-up in recent weeks.
“He has great potential and then it’s about him,” Ten Hag said. “The players in the locker room, the coaches and the coach, we believe in him, and that’s what I told him. I’m sure he can do it and turn it around.
‘First of all, of course, I have to train him and support him, but I support him because I believe in him.
“During the period that I worked with him in the preseason, he was really good in practice and games. I can see the qualities. Even when he wasn’t on the team, he trained very well.
‘The quality is there. You see the career of him, the internationals of him playing for England at Leicester and Mann United, he performed very well.”
The Red Devils have lost every game Maguire has started so far this season.
The England centre-back has not started a Premier League game since their 4-0 loss to Brentford, after which ten Hag made a number of changes to his starting line-up.
His most recent cameo on the pitch was in England. Nations League meeting with Germany last Monday.
Maguire conceded a penalty before turning the ball over in the run-up to Germany’s second goal in a 3–3 draw, seriously jeopardizing his place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup line-up.