Harry Maguire’s Resurgence: A Bright Spot in Manchester United’s Carabao Cup Win
During Manchester United’s Carabao Cup victory over Crystal Palace, one player appeared to have breathed new life into his career. While Sofyan Amrabat earned praise for his stellar performance, there’s another man who deserves equal credit – Harry Maguire.
Maguire’s relationship with manager Erik ten Hag has faced challenges since the Dutchman’s arrival in Manchester last summer. Initially, the former Leicester City defender started the first two games of the previous season, both ending in defeat. However, he was soon displaced in the starting lineup by Raphael Varane.
It seemed that Maguire’s future at the club was uncertain, but his recent performance suggests otherwise.
In the Carabao Cup match, Maguire played on the left side, a departure from his usual right center-back role. This adjustment seemed to invigorate him, as he exuded confidence and assurance.
The Englishman boasted a remarkable 93 percent passing accuracy and, notably, excelled in aerial duels, winning all of them. This aspect had been lacking when Victor Lindelof partnered with Lisandro Martinez.
Varane, alongside the former United captain, formed a solid defensive partnership, showcasing Maguire’s improved performance.
Maguire’s switch to the left side has afforded him better passing angles and increased comfort on the ball.
While Maguire had to patiently await his opportunity in the United first team this season, it now appears that his time to shine has arrived.
With Martinez nursing a foot injury, Maguire has a clear path to stake his claim in the center-back role, especially considering his commendable performance in the Carabao Cup.
Boost for Amrabat
Maguire’s inclusion in the lineup might prompt Victor Lindelof to shift to left-back or accommodate Sergio Reguilon if the Spaniard is fit. Additionally, this change could allow Sofyan Amrabat to assume a midfield role, a departure from his previous appearances at a full-back.
Given the physicality of Roy Hodgson’s team, Maguire’s aerial dominance could prove invaluable. Lindelof’s struggles in this department make a strong case for Maguire to receive a chance to prove Ten Hag wrong.