Since having the captaincy removed and dropping down the pecking order at Manchester United, Harry Maguire has been linked with a move to West Ham. Reports have suggested that the London club aren’t willing to match his £190,000-a-week salary at United leaving Maguire to ask for a pay off to move.
In the opening game of the season against Wolves, at half time Victor Lindelof replaced Lisandro Martinez, who has recently returned from injury. Maguire was an unused substitute.
Erik ten Hag has spoken to the press today ahead of Saturday evening’s game against Tottenham Hotspur about his happiness for Maguire to remain in the squad and what he expects from him.
Well, that process, that’s what I don’t know. Only Harry is a player from us, I’m happy he’s here. So, we need a good squad. We have four good centre-halves, even with Luke Shaw if you count him we have five, and we need that because we’re going to play 50 or 60 games this season. All the players are internationals, so we have a lot of load to cover. So, I’m very happy Harry Maguire is here. He has to fight for his position, as [does] everyone in the squad. So, we construct a squad with the double positions, but we need it.
I think I’m now for one year here. You know what I expect from a centre-half and he can do it. I told you many times before he has the abilities to do it, so now he has to show it. It’s about character, to be convinced to play that role. He has all the abilities to do it, and it’s up to him when the time is there.