Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has missed the last three games due to an injury sustained while on international duty with England last month. According to ESPN, the £80 million defender is confident of proving his fitness before Gareth Southgate chooses his World Cup selection.
Maguire’s inclusion last month drew eyebrows given to his troubles at Manchester United, where Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez formed a strong center-back combo. Despite form and fitness worries, Southgate stayed committed to him, and he will undoubtedly be first choice in Qatar.
United have three games in a row before Southgate announces his squad for the winter showcase, and he has already received vocal support from club and country managers. Maguire, 29, has all he needs to recover from his well-documented slump and rekindle his finest performances in red and white.
Southgate stated at his post-match press conference following the Germany encounter, “Everyone will focus on Harry [and his error], but there were some very crucial moments that Harry produced over the two matches.” Luke is another example of an exceptional footballer.
“What should we do?” Not pick Luke Shaw because he isn’t getting enough playing time, or do we go with a player who can do what you saw on Monday night?
“It will always spark controversy, but in these situations, we have to back our finest, most experienced players, unless we are in a situation where it is almost untenable or impossible to pick them.”
When asked about Maguire and his absence from the United squad, Ten Hag stated, “First and foremost, I have to train him.” I also have to support him, but I do so because I believe in him.
“During the period I worked with him, pre-season, it was extremely nice, training and in games, so then he fell out, but it’s partly to do with the good performances of the centre-backs who are currently playing.”
“I see the qualities, and even when he wasn’t on the squad, he trained incredibly hard, and more importantly, the quality was there.” You can tell from his career, almost 50 caps for England, [playing for] Leicester and Manchester United, that he has a lot of promise.
“It’s all about him; the players in the locker room, the coaches, and the management all believe in him.” That’s what I told him; I’m confident he can accomplish it and will succeed. “I’m certain of it.”