The recent turn of events regarding Harry Maguire’s potential departure from Manchester United could have significant implications for the club’s transfer plans. Talks had been underway with Bayern Munich for the potential acquisition of defender Benjamin Pavard. However, with Maguire’s situation now uncertain, the need for defensive reinforcements at Old Trafford might be reduced. Moreover, financial fair play (FFP) considerations come into play due to the absence of the funds that a Maguire sale would have brought. The situation has prompted a reevaluation of United’s transfer strategy, which previously included discussions about various defenders, such as Jean-Clair Todibo from Nice. The ultimate direction of the club’s transfer activities now hinges on resolving the uncertainties surrounding Maguire’s future at Manchester United.
Ahead of Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Wolves on Monday, manager Erik ten Hag expressed his perspective on Harry Maguire’s role within the team:
“He has to fight for his place. He has the ability to be a top-class centre-back, and he is the best for England, so why shouldn’t he be the best for us? But he has to prove it. When he is not confident enough to fight, then he has to go, then he has to make a decision, but I’m happy with him.
“We don’t have a squad with 11 players, and the last year proved definitely we need all the players. That means you need some high-level players who are maybe not starting, but that can change, so there is an internal competition. Everyone has to fight for his place.
“Every player, when they were good, will get their games, but no one can play all the games, and finally, you find out what is the best team. In the squad now, all the positions are double, and every player has the perspective to fight for his place. You have to show with your contribution that it’s the best team performance. It is up to the players if they have game time or less.”