Erik Ten Hag reacts to Harry Maguire's failed move to West Ham United
Manchester United's quest to offload Harry Maguire away from the club hit a speed bump, and this has been a topic of conversation among its supporters.
The Red Devils and West Ham had initially reached an agreement in principle for the England international, but the deal collapsed. According to reports, Harry Maguire was not ready to leave Manchester United if they did not pay him at least £7 million as a settlement for his contract, which was terminated.
The manager of the club, Erik Ten Hag, has reacted to the current situation between both parties. He said he is happy that Maguire is still at the club because they need a large squad going into the season.
"Well, that process, that's what I don't know. Only Harry is a player from us, I'm happy he's here. We need a good squad. We have four good centre-backs, with Luke Shaw if you count him we have five, and we need that. We have a lot of load to cover. So, I'm very happy Harry Maguire is here. He has to fight for his position, as does everyone in the squad. So, we construct a squad with the double positions, but we need it.”
He was asked if Maguire will get to feature in games this season.
"It's up to him. He knows what I expect from him. I think I'm now for one year here. You know what I expect from a centre-half and he can do it. I told you many times before he has the abilities to do it, so now he has to show it.”
Maguire was an unused substitute in the opening game of the season which was played on Monday, August 14, 2023. It remains to be seen if the defender will be able to break into the first team.