Manchester United defender, Harry Maguire, has revealed the reasons why he chose to stay with the club this summer, despite speculation about his potential departure.
After being stripped of the captaincy by manager Erik ten Hag, Maguire had offers to leave Old Trafford, but no agreement was reached.
Despite a reduced playing time this season and slipping down the pecking order, Maguire remained committed to United.
“We just didn’t come to an agreement and they were happy for me to stay and I was happy to fight for my place.
“I want to do that and every time I train or play I will give everything. I know, at the moment, when I have not started a game in the first four games of the season, the story comes to me,” Maguire, whose contract runs until 2025, said.
Gareth Southgate, the England coach, strongly criticized the unfair criticism and booing that Maguire faced during the friendly match against Ukraine on September 12th.
Maguire came on as a substitute and unfortunately scored an own goal, which was met with boos and jeers from Scotland fans. Southgate condemned the continuous and relentless negativity directed towards Maguire.
“It’s a joke,” Southgate said
“I’ve never known a player treated like he is, not by the Scottish fans, by our own commentators, the pundits, whatever it is.
“He is beyond anything I’ve ever seen. He’s been an absolute stalwart for us in the second most successful England team for decades. He’s been a key part of that.
“Everytime he goes on the field, the resilience he shows is absolutely incredible. He’s a top player. We’re all with him, our fans were brilliant with him tonight.”