Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has backed Harry Maguire after Jamie Carragher advised the center-back to quit Old Trafford in order to save his career.
Harry Maguire has had a particularly difficult week because he was unable to get over his domestic problems during the international break.
Gareth Southgate, who started Maguire in both of England’s Nations League games, gave the troubled Manchester United captain a significant vote of confidence.
But regrettably, the 29-year-old did not justify that trust.
During England’s thrilling 3-3 tie with Germany at Wembley on Monday night, Maguire was at fault for two goals.
The former Leicester City player appeared unsteady once more, and Jamie Carragher even speculated that Maguire’s time at Old Trafford was almost up.
Earlier this week, Carragher asked Maguire in his Daily Telegraph column: “Do you have the same fury in you? Too frequently, he appears to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, more like a scared rabbit than the commanding center back he once was.
At the club level, I believe it is too late. He was battling for his Manchester United career, as I noted in a previous article. He needs to leave Old Trafford after this season and begin again.
It is now England’s issue. I felt bad for Maguire when I watched him play in the last two games. However, that is not appropriate for any athlete. He won’t be able to return to where he was two years ago with sympathy.”
Erik ten Hag, who this week offered his support to United’s under-fire captain, does not seem to have been moved by Carragher’s decision, though.
Following a humiliating 4-0 loss at Brentford in only his second game as manager, Ten Hag promptly dropped Maguire from his starting lineup.
He has since stated that Maguire still has a future at Old Trafford, and that he will do all in his power to help the England player find his groove once more.
Prior to this weekend’s crucial Manchester derby, Ten Hag said on Friday, “First of all, of course, I have to train him and support him, but I support him because I believe in him.
He was good, really good in training and in games during the time I worked with him in the preseason; I can still see the qualities even when he isn’t on the squad.
He has the ability after training. He has high potential, and then it’s about him, as evidenced by his career and his impressive performances for Manchester United and Leicester while earning England caps.
I assured him that he had the support of the entire team, including the players, coaches, and management. He can certainly accomplish it and make a difference.”