Ahead of a crucial Manchester derby, United manager Erik Ten Hag has jumped to under-fire defender and captain Harry Maguire’s support. The Dutch manager said he believes in Maguire and expects him to turn his form around.
“Of course, I have to coach him, I have to back him. But I back him because I believe in him. In the period, I worked with him, his positioning was good, I think we would say really good, in training and games,” said Ten Hag.
The Dutch insisted that he can see the qualities of Maguire and said the English defender always trains well.
“So then he fell out (of the starting team). That’s also to do with the good performance from the centre backs who are playing now. But I can see his qualities, and even after he was not in the team, he trained really well. But more importantly, the quality was really there,” Ten Hag added.
The 52-year-old went on to say that Maguire has high potential and that he has the confidence that the centre-back will turn his form around.
“He has, I think, almost 50 caps for England. He already, with Leicester, with Man United, he’s performing really well. So, from what you see, he has high potential. And then it’s about him. The players in the dressing room, the coaches, the manager, we all believe in him. And now it’s about him, and that is what I taught them. And, I’m sure he can do it, and he will turn this around. I’m really confident of that,” said the Manchester United boss.
Manchester United are now set to face local rivals Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday. The Red Devils currently sit fifth in the league table with 12 points after six games, while City are placed second with 17 points from seven matches.
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