LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) Harry Maguire’s decision to stay and fight for his place at Manchester United has proven to be a wise one, with the defender finding himself back in Erik ten Hag’s starting lineup.
Despite reported offers from West Ham in the summer, Maguire opted to remain at United, and his persistence has paid off, featuring in the Red Devils’ last eight matches across all competitions.
Once considered an outcast since Ten Hag’s arrival last season, Maguire has become a key figure in the team since Lisandro Martinez’s injury sidelined him at the end of September.
The 30-year-old expressed his satisfaction with the current situation, emphasizing his enjoyment of playing for the club.
Reflecting on his journey, Maguire told ESPN, “I played a few games last year, 16 or 17 starts, and I felt like I performed really well in the games I played in; I just didn’t play as many as I would have liked.
“On the other hand, Rapha [Raphael Varane] and Licha [Lisandro Martinez] were playing brilliantly and kept numerous clean sheets.”
Acknowledging the tough competition for a starting spot, Maguire explained, “I had to bide my time and be patient.
“I had two or three opportunities last season to get a run of games, but I broke down with illness, I broke down with injuries twice, so I never got the rhythm and never got the run of games that I could prove myself to the manager.
“I have got that now. I am really enjoying my football, and I really enjoy playing for this club.”
Expressing the challenges of competing with top-level center-backs, Maguire emphasized the importance of hard work in training and readiness.
With competition for places high, he highlighted the demanding nature of the club and the need for players to prove themselves consistently.
Maguire’s resurgence continues as he looks forward to representing England in their Euro 2024 qualifying game against Malta on November 17, showcasing the defender’s determination and commitment to both club and country.