Harry Maguire has struggled to gain regular first-team football under Erik ten Hag.
Man United’s former captain and defender Harry Maguire talked about his tough days at Man United in recent times. He expressed his delight after scoring the winning goal in Manchester United’s win over Copenhagen in the Champions League.
The English international has struggled to gain regular first-team football under Erik ten Hag. They have the options like Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof in defence.
The 30-year-old played in place of injured Lisandro Martinez and it worked out for Man United who were searching for their first win in the Champions League. He was also the man of the match in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United.
His strike against Sheffield United was his first since February 2022. Now, he helped Man United to claim their first three points in Group A of the Champions League.
While talking about his goal in an interview with MUTV, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News, the 30-year-old defender said: “It was all about the delivery, which made it easy for me to hit the target from so close and an amazing feeling to score in front of the Stretford End in the Champions League and a big moment for myself, but more importantly, the team.”
He added, “Playing for this club, there’s ups and downs. When you win, everyone is on top of the world and when you lose, there’s a crisis and it’s always someone’s fault. Andre is a big personality and he’ll get used to it.
“He’s going to be a big player for this club. He’s had a lot of scrutiny but we’ve been giving him far too much to deal with as a defence, so it’s a big moment for him and it’s a really high-standard penalty save. I’m really pleased for him.”
“I’m just really happy to help the team win football matches,” said Maguire. “I’ve been professional over the last year or so, it’s been tough for me, not playing as much as I’ve done throughout my career, so it’s been different.
“But that’s football and playing for a big club, you have big competition, we have a lot of competition at centre-back, with some top, top quality players. I do believe that, so it’s a really important part of the season for me.
“But it’s only the start and I’m ready now to kick on, help the team and I’m looking forward to Sunday.”
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