“He Did A Great Job” – Erik ten Hag Gives His Thoughts On Harry Maguire
Erik ten Hag held his first press conference as Manchester United manager on Monday, and addressed a host of topics, including the captaincy situation at the club.
The Dutchman was unveiled at Old Trafford, less than 24 hours after he attended the Red Devils’ last game of the season on Sunday.
Ten Hag refused to discuss his analysis of United’s performance in their 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, but he did gave his thoughts on Harry Maguire.
Asked if the Englishman will remain United’s captain, the 52-year-old replied: “Next season is a different season. He did a great job, he is a great player, achieved a lot with a contribution to Manchester United. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Maguire, who was handed the armband by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in January 2020, has been made a scapegoat for his side’s abysmal defensive record this campaign, despite United’s backline showing no signs of improvement in his absence. Ralf Rangnick’s men conceded a combined 7 goals against Arsenal and Brighton without the England international.
Now, Ten Hag’s early assessment indicates he recognises the 29-year-old’s qualities and counts on him for the next season.
However, despite the new manager’s assuring comments, Maguire would have to fight for his place, as United are interested in signing a new centre-back.