Manchester United’s Harry Maguire has been out of the fold at Old Trafford. He endured a tough start to the season, falling out of favour with Erik ten Hag and has been relegated to the bench.
As a result, Maguire is battling to regain his place in the starting eleven.
However, he has cut a resilient figure at this year’s World Cup, performing consistently for England.
According to BBC Pundit Danny Murphy, Maguire should be among the English players first to return to domestic football. The Three Lions’ unfortunate exit from Qatar 2022 came at the hands of Varane’s France.
A chance at redemption
The second half of the season could be decisive for the Manchester United centre-back’s future. Maguire will be hoping to secure more playing time than he did before the break.
Varane and Martinez will star in today’s World Cup final. Each player will hope to help their country to an elusive third World Cup title. The absence of the two defenders will spell opportunity for Maguire. He is likely to start against Burnley in United’s upcoming EFL Cup match.
Manchester United clash with Burnley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Let Magurie play
Danny Murphy believes Maguire deserves the opportunity to play after overcoming a challenging start to the season. Murphy said:
“Written off by most people, he [Maguire] was outstanding for his country, which says plenty about his strength of character. It has to be admired.”
“The big question is whether his face fits with United manager Erik ten Hag, and we’ll find out the answer soon.”
“The United team is more efficient with Casemiro protecting the back four, and Maguire will benefit. But if he does well and is still replaced once Varane and Martinez are available, the writing will be on the wall.”
“I don’t think the United captain will want to hang around Old Trafford beyond the summer as a bit-part player, and there won’t be any shortage of interest if he’s allowed to leave.”
The Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder said he could see Maguire playing for Newcastle United if Erik ten Hag can’t accommodate the English defender in his current setup.
Murphy believes Magpies boss Eddie Howe will value Maguire’s strength and leadership.
All eyes on United
The remainder of this season’s edition of the English Premier League resumes on Boxing Day. United will be committed to reclaiming a spot in the top four.
The world will watch the Red Devils closely to see how they bounce back after a dramatic end to the Cristiano Ronaldo saga. Many will also ponder Harry Maguire‘s future at Manchester United if the captain is again starved of playing time.
As Murphy eloquently put it, if Maguire plays well and is still on the bench following the return of Varane and Martinez, “The writing will be on the wall.”