Harry Maguire set to stay at Manchester United, but could lose the captaincy
Harry Maguire plans to stay at Manchester United but could lose the captaincy… and the under attack defender could face even more competition next season with boss Erik ten Hag keen to put in another centre-back
- Harry Maguire’s future at Old Trafford is in doubt after a bad season
- Form and leadership were questioned by some of his own teammates
- Erik ten Hag wants him alongside Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof. to keep
Manchester United are poised to keep Harry Maguire but will try to sign a new centre-back if they can sack Eric Bailly, Phil Jones or Axel Tuanzebe this summer.
Maguire’s future at Old Trafford is in doubt after a poor season in which the United captain’s form and leadership were questioned by some of his own team-mates.
New manager Erik ten Hag plans to keep him as one of his centre-backs alongside Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof, even though the captaincy now appears to be up in the air.
Harry Maguire’s form and leadership have been questioned by some of his own teammates
Ten Hag was noncommittal on the matter at his unveiling last month, after United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick said the players should vote on who wears the armband.
Maguire lost his spot under Rangnick and will face even more competition next season if United can get another player to his position this summer.
Their first choice would be Jurrien Timber, who played under Ten Hag at Ajax, but United think he can decide to stay with the national champion. Timber’s Ajax teammate Lisandro Martinez and Villarreal’s Pau Torres are also options.
Ten Hag would like to attract two more of his former Ajax players, Frenkie de Jong and Antony, and Christian Eriksen.
New United manager Erik ten Hag wants to sign a top midfielder again this summer
De Jong is United’s number 1 transfer target, as they remain in talks with Barcelona about a fee for the Dutch midfielder. United will not be pressured to meet Barca’s £70million demand and are willing to part with the deal.
Brazilian winger Antony is said to cost around £40million from Ajax, but Eriksen is a free agent after a season at Brenford.
United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is expected to be loaned to Nottingham Forest for a season as talks progress between the two clubs.
Holland defender Jurrien Timber, who played under Ten Hag at Ajax, is their first choice
Villarreal and Spain centre-back Pau Torres (right) could also be an option for the Red Devils