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“I know his agent” – Sam Allardyce reveals Harry Maguire’s Manchester United future



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Many expected Harry Maguire to be one of the players Manchester United saw the back of his summer, but this may not be the case for Erik ten Hag.

Harry Maguire has recently lost his Manchester United captaincy to Bruno Fernandes and has been relegated to a bench role due to the superiority of Lisandro Martínez.

Erik ten Hag did not select him to be part of the travelling squad to face Tottenham on Saturday afternoon, either.

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Maguire, just two weeks ago, was all set for a move to West Ham United in order to secure playing time, with The Reds accepting a £30 million bid for the player, but issues relating to personal terms stopped the deal.

Sam Allardyce, who has been a professional manager for 32 years and most recently with Leeds United last season, has explained that he feels Maguire will stay at the club.

When asked where Maguire will play this season, he told the No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast: “Manchester United. He turned West Ham down, he’s turned it down. I know his agent really well.

“I think – and this is no disrespect to West Ham because I managed them – he feels that with the troubles they had last season down the bottom of the league, he doesn’t want to be going there, he wants something bigger.”

Speaking about Maguire, Ten Hag recently challenged the English centre-half to fight for his place in the side.

“He knows what I expect from a centre half. He can do it,” Ten Hag said. “He has the abilities to do it, so he has to show it. It’s about character, to be convinced to play that role. He has all the abilities and it’s up to him when the time is there.”

“Harry is a player for us, I’m happy he’s here, so we need a good squad. We have four good centre-halves – with Luke Shaw if you count him, we have five – and we need that because we are going to play 50-60 games this season, all the players are internationals, so we have a lot of load to cover.

“So yeah, I’m very happy Harry Maguire is here. He has to fight for his position, as does everyone in this squad.”