Erik ten Hag is content with Harry Maguire presence at Manchester United, emphasizing his need to compete for his spot against Jonny Evans as discussions revolve around extending his short-term contract.
Initially, it appeared that Maguire was on the brink of departing Old Trafford, with West Ham having agreed on a fee of around £30m for the acquisition of the Englishman last week. However, negotiations fell apart, leading to the collapse of the transfer.
According to information from Sky Sports News, a departure for Maguire at this stage of the transfer window, particularly after losing the United captaincy earlier in the summer, would have left the club with limited time to secure a suitable replacement.
Apart from the Maguire situation ten Hag talked about the Tottenham clash
Asked about Maguire’s situation ahead of United’s Premier League trip to Tottenham on Saturday Ten Hag said: “I don’t know about the process, only that Harry is a player for us, I’m happy he’s here, and we need a good squad.
“We have four good center-halves, with Luke Shaw then we have five. We need that because we could go on to play 50-60 games this season.
“All the players are internationals, we have a lot of fixtures to cover, so I’m very happy Harry Maguire’s here. He has to fight for his position, as does everyone in the squad. We construct a squad with double positions, but we need it.”
Ten Hag has consistently affirmed that he envisions a spot for Maguire within his squad and reiterated that the 30-year-old possesses the necessary skills and ability to thrive in Manchester.
“It’s up to him,” Ten Hag replied when asked what Maguire can realistically hope for this season.
“He knows what I expect from him. He can do it and I’ve told you many times before that he has the ability to do it, so now he has to show it.
“It’s about character, to be convinced, and to play the role. He has all the abilities to do it and it’s up to him.”