Erik ten Hag’s Comments Raise Doubts Over Harry Maguire’s Future at Man United

Harry Maguire, the captain and center-back of Manchester United, has been under scrutiny in recent weeks following his arrest and conviction in Greece last year, and his poor performances for England in the Euro 2020 final. However, his situation could be further complicated by the comments made by Erik ten Hag, the manager of Ajax Amsterdam, who claimed that his team had humiliated Maguire and exposed his weaknesses in a friendly match last week.

Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro

Ten Hag, speaking to the Dutch media after Ajax’s 4-2 win over United in the pre-season game, said that his players had “found it easy to play against Maguire” and that they had “looked for his weaknesses and found them.” He also criticized United’s defensive organization and suggested that they had “problems with their build-up and pressing.”

Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro

Ten Hag’s comments have raised doubts over Maguire’s suitability as United’s captain and first-choice defender, especially with the arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, who is expected to form a new partnership with Victor Lindelof or Eric Bailly. Some United fans and pundits have called for Maguire to be dropped or sold, while others have defended him and blamed the team’s tactics and coaching for his struggles.

Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro

However, the situation is not simple for United, as Maguire still has four years left on his contract and is one of the highest-paid players in the squad, with a reported salary of £190,000 per week. Selling him now would be difficult, especially with the financial impact of the pandemic and the lack of interest from other clubs. United may have to consider letting him go for free in the future, as they did with Sergio Romero and Juan Mata, or renegotiating his contract to reduce his wages and extend his stay.

Meanwhile, the captaincy issue at United is also a topic of debate, with some reports suggesting that Bruno Fernandes will be appointed as the new skipper, ahead of Casemiro, who is also a candidate for the role. Fernandes, who joined United in January 2020 and has since become one of the team’s most influential and productive players, is seen as a natural leader and motivator, with his passion and commitment on and off the pitch. However, Casemiro, who plays for Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team, is also respected for his experience, discipline, and tactical awareness.

Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro
Erik ten Hag humiliated Harry Maguire, Man United may have to let him go for FREE – and why Bruno Fernandes will be captain over Casemiro

United’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has not yet confirmed who will be the new captain, but has hinted that he will take his time to evaluate the candidates and make the best decision for the team. He said in a recent interview: “We have several leaders in the squad, and we need to find the right balance and chemistry between them. The captaincy is not just about wearing the armband, it’s about setting an example, communicating, and inspiring others. We will see who fits the bill.”

Five problems Man Utd face in pre-season including striker crisis, captaincy and what to do with Mason Greenwood
Five problems Man Utd face in pre-season including striker crisis, captaincy and what to do with Mason Greenwood

As United prepare for their next pre-season games, against Brentford and Everton, they will need to address the challenges of their defensive stability, captaincy, and managing the development of young talents such as Mason Greenwood and Amad Diallo. The new season will start soon, and United will need to be ready to compete at the highest level, both domestically and in Europe.

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