Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is confident that Harry Maguire will return back to top form under his watch.
Maguire has endured widespread criticism from fans and football pundits due to his lack of consistency at the back.
The England international played a huge role in Manchester United’s poor start to the season, thanks to his poor performances against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford.
Despite not starting in all of United’s last four Premier League matches that ended in wins, the former Leicester City defender was called up to join Gareth Southgate’s England squad in what would have handed him a chance to impress Erik ten Hag.
Maguire would rather add to his pile of bad games after he gave away a penalty early in the second half and got dispossessed inside the opposition box, which resulted in Germany’s second goal, during the 3-3 draw between England and Germany at Wembley.
His poor performance would attract loads of criticism from fans and pundits but Erik ten Hag hasn’t given up on the 28-year-old defender.
The Dutchman believes Maguire possesses lots of top qualities in him, and as a result, he’s not giving up on him just yet.
Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Manchester City, Ten Hag said: “I have to coach him [Harry Maguire] and back him. I back him because I believe in him. I can see his qualities. Quality is there. Almost 50 caps for England, he has high potential. Then it is about him. We all believe in him.
“Players, manager, coaches, we all believe in him. I am convinced he will turn around.”
Harry Maguire suffered a muscle injury during the game against Germany and as a result, he won’t be part of the Manchester United squad to face Man City at the Etihad on Sunday.
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The Dutchman also confirmed that the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who returned to training this week, remain doubts for the trip.
“Harry Maguire is injured,” said Erik ten Hag. “For the rest we have some doubts, Anthony Martial but he was training all week with the group, performing really well, makes a good impression. Marcus Rashford has returns into training so we are happy with that.”