Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire’s future has to be considered at Old Trafford, given his lack of playing time since the World Cup, transfer insider Dean Jones has suggested to GiveMeSport.
The £200,000-per-week earner has found first-team minutes hard to come by during Erik ten Hag’s tenure in charge of the Red Devils.
Man Utd news – Harry Maguire
According to reports, Maguire rejected a loan move away to Inter Milan in the final hours of Deadline Day, in a bid to prove his worth at Manchester United.
However, it is also suggested that the 29-year-old will consider leaving Old Trafford if he cannot force his way back into ten Hag’s plans come the end of the season, with the Dutchman preferring the centre-back pairing of Raphaël Varane and Lisandro Martínez for the time being.
TalkSPORT reporter Alex Crook recently told GiveMeSport that Maguire is part of United’s plans until the campaign’s conclusion, amid links to a potential switch to Aston Villa at the beginning of the transfer window.
And Jones suggests that the £80m signing’s future “has to be a consideration” following his continued lack of game time since returning from the World Cup in December.
What has Jones said about Man Utd and Maguire?
Jones told GiveMeSport: “I give him a lot of credit for the way he’s dealt with all the flack he’s taken. He’s shown such a strong mentality, that it can’t really get any worse no matter what he does next.
“I don’t think he wants to leave Man United. But I think, given the game time he’s been given since the World Cup, it has to be a consideration.”
How has Maguire performed this season?
Maguire has found life difficult at Old Trafford this season, having struggled for game time since United’s opening two top-flight fixtures.
The 53-cap England international has played in just 21% of available Premier League minutes during the current campaign, suggesting that a move away from Manchester could be his best hope of reigniting his career.
However, the 6 foot 4 defender does compare favourably to his positional peers in some aspects of his game, ranking in the top 8% of centre-backs across Europe’s big five leagues as well as the Champions League and Europa League for touches in the opposition’s penalty area (1.42) and top 19% for blocks per 90 minutes (1.47) over the last 365 days, according to FBref.
Therefore, it seems as though Maguire may feel that he still has a lot to offer at the highest level and a move away from Old Trafford might be the best way for him to prolong his top-flight career.
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