Harry Maguire has endured a difficult season as Manchester United captain, with him personally suffering from poor form while the team has a whole as massively underperformed.

Maguire is looking to the future though and reckons when the club return to pre-season training later this month they will be in good spirits and ready for the new campaign.

It’s been a tough campaign, no hiding away from that. It was a disappointing season individually and as a group. Football’s my life. I care about the club so much. I care about winning matches and taking the club to where it should be, where the fans deserve it to be. 

I’m sure on the first day of pre-season, everybody will be buzzing around, doing their best to impress and coming back in shape. We have a big season ahead. We know we are going to improve because last season was nowhere near good enough. The new manager will bring positive energy and the lads will go with that.

After Ralf Rangnick’s disastrous spell in charge as interim manager, which has ended with him leaving the club instead of taking up the planned consultancy role, new manager Erik ten Hag is looking forward to working with Maguire, although no news about the captaincy has been revealed yet.

I have to repeat that next season is a different season, but I think he did a great job. He’s a great player, he’s achieved already a lot really also [with his] contribution to Manchester United. So I’m looking forward to working with him.