Harry Maguire happy to have fought for place in United’s team

Harry Maguire

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After making his fifth Premier League start of the season in Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Luton Town in the Premier League at the weekend, England defender Harry Maguire is finally feeling vindicated for choosing to stay behind at Old Trafford to fight for his place in the Red Devils team under manager Erik Ten Hag.

Harry Maguire has been subject to intense criticism over the last couple of months stretching as far back as the 2021/2022 season and was repeatedly linked with an exit from Old Trafford during the summer with West Ham United a prominent potential destination linked to the former Leicester City man.

The consistent run of game time for the England international didn’t come that easy, as he had to endure a lot of cameo appearances from the start of the season until late September. However, since his performance in the dramatic victory over Brentford on 7 October, he’s enjoyed his place in the team and forced Raphael Varane to the bench.

After rejecting a move to West Ham despite Manchester United agreeing a deal with the London club, the 30-year-old indicated that he wasn’t satisfied with the number of games he played last season and that he was unlucky with injuries.

“I played a few games last year, I just didn’t play as many as I would have liked. I had two or three opportunities to get a run of games, but I broke down with illness and broke down with injuries twice, so I never got the rhythm and never got the run of games so I could prove myself to the manager. I really enjoy playing for this club, and I was willing to stay and fight for my place. You use your experience and the memories you’ve had. I had to work hard in training to make sure I was ready.” Maguire said.

He acknowledged the criticisms about his absence from Manchester United’s team even though he was playing well for his country, went to the World Cup, and always felt he was in form.

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