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“He knows it and the manager knows it” – One Man Utd player ‘can’t play’ under Erik ten Hag



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Harry Maguire has been told that despite his recent string of games, he cannot continue under Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

In the summer of 2023, almost everyone was convinced that Harry Maguire would leave Manchester United, apart from the player himself.

Maguire has lost a lot of status in Erik ten Hag‘s squad, having been stripped of the captain’s armband and falling to fourth in the centre-back pecking order – but injuries have meant that his collapsed West Ham move has seen him starting recent fixtures.

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Maguire has been complimented for some of his performances of late, but former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes that despite this, the defender cannot continue to start games in the long term.

“We have to say that Harry Maguire has done himself justice recently but the people who are now screaming for him to play regularly are wrong,” Parker told mybettingsites.

“Harry Maguire needs to play for a team who sits deep and Man United are actually doing that at the moment, but they are aiming to defend with a high line and control the games. They will never be able to do that with Maguire in the team.

“He plays well for England, even though he shouldn’t be a part of the squad, but he plays well because England sits deep. He played well for Leicester and Hull because they wanted to sit deep as well.”

Continuing, Parker explained that United will not be able to win trophies with Maguire in the team and that he has “no chance” of continuing once Lisandro Martínez returns from injury.

“He can’t play the way that Erik ten Hag wants him to, and maybe Man United are also struggling with controlling the games because they know his weaknesses, and with all these injuries he needs to play and they need to play to his strengths.

“Once Lisandro Martinez is fully fit, I see no chance for him being in the starting lineup. He knows it and the manager knows it.

“Let’s put it this way. Can he play a good game for Man United? Of course, he can. Is he improving Man United at this moment in time? No, not really. The answer to that question is no. Can Man United win the Premier League with Maguire in the team? Of course not.”