Manchester United’s dressing-room drama has been something for the history books. Post Sir Alex Ferguson the Red Devils have had far too many pieces of crisis amongst their personnel. Be it in expensive players pulling their ranks, or big-money flops being open about their disdain towards the side, managers have struggled to keep things in check.
In that respect, Erik ten Hag has been unequivocal in his stance: no player is bigger than the club. The high-profile treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo last year spelled this out quite well. This season, it has been the Jadon Sancho saga, with the English forward going public on social media about his critical views. He’s no longer part of the first-team squad.
Now, it appears that Harry Maguire tried to get himself involved in a possible resolution.
Maguire tried to intervene between Sancho and Ten Hag
As per ESPN, Maguire tried to convince Jadon Sancho to apologize to Ten Hag in the fallout of the drama. It remains to be known how successful the intervention has been, if at all.
But what this does highlight is that the manager views Maguire as important even outside of a tactical position. The 30-year-old was stripped of the captaincy earlier this season in what was viewed as a likely sign that he would leave the club. However, despite Bruno Fernandes donning the captain’s armband, it is clear that Maguire still commands the confidence of the dressing room.
The report goes on to suggest how Ten Hag views Maguire as one of the key figures in the side and that he relies on players like him to be steady and work on morale during what has been a difficult start to the season, to say the least.