Harry Maguire has reemerged as an important player for Manchester United ahead of a crucial week for the club with two must-win fixtures.
The central defender appeared close to an Old Trafford exit in the summer and there were not many qualms from the United fanbase.
There were, however, when he ended up remaining at the club, with a move to West Ham not materialising. Since then, Maguire has put together some impressive performances to turn around the overall fan feeling around him.
He’s taken advantage of the injury troubles to the central defending pair of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane to get minutes in the side and was described as ‘undroppable’ after his latest performance against Fulham.
That game saw United win in the dying seconds courtesy of Bruno Fernandes’ late strike and they now have two more games in the coming week where they have no option other than winning.
Playing Copenhagen in the Champions League away from home will be no easy task on Wednesday evening, but three points are crucial if United want to progress into the knockout rounds.
Then comes a clash at home against Burnley in the Premier League before the international break. Following a poor start to the campaign, United cannot afford to drop any points in this game.
Maguire, who is likely to start both games, has taken to social media to emphasise the importance of the upcoming week.
On Tuesday, uploading an image of his celebrations to Fernandes’ late winner at Craven Cottage, Maguire added the caption: “Big week ahead.”
Ten Hag was full of praise for the defender after their latest victory, saying: “He was playing a massive, massive game. A very good performance. He showed leadership and in and out of possession he was very good, so I’m very pleased with that performance from Harry.”
Meanwhile, ahead of the Copenhagen clash mid-week, the Danish side’s defender Kevin Diks has affirmed his confidence for the game, saying that they are the favourites whilst playing at home against Ten Hag’s men.
“We are the favourites when we have the fans behind us at Parken,” he told Tipsbladet. “I’m not saying that we are always favourites against them. But we showed last time what we can do against them, and we are in a good place. So with our game plan, we can make it difficult for everyone at Parken.
“Of course, it’s not the same United team as it was under [Sir Alex] Ferguson, it’s been like that for a long time. They are rebuilding, and it takes time. You can also see it in the results. This game has its own dynamics. It’s the Champions League, and anything can happen.”
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