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Former Manchester United Captain Explains Failed Transfer Deal: Will He Make An Exit In January?

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According to a report from Manchester Evening News, West Ham United had made a substantial bid for former Manchester United captain Harry Maguire. The London-based club presented a £30 million offer for the 30-year-old defender.

However, Maguire himself has acknowledged that he and Manchester United were unable to come to terms for his departure from the club during the summer transfer window. The Red Devils had offered him a pay off of £6 million but the England international demanded in the region of £10 million, which could not materialise.

Maguire’s Demanding Season At Old Trafford In The Previous Campaign

During his tenure at Man United in the last season, Maguire encountered a challenging period as he struggled to secure a regular place in Erik ten Hag’s starting XI. Over the course of the preceding campaign, the English international featured in 31 matches for the Manchester-based club across various competitions.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 30: Sébastien Haller #9 of Borussia Dortmund chases after Harry Maguire #5 of Manchester United during the pre-season friendly match at Allegiant Stadium on July 30, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Candice Ward/Getty Images)

Despite these difficulties, the 30-year-old demonstrated his worth as a dependable defensive asset, averaging 0.5 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, and 2.6 clearances per game in Premier League matches. Furthermore, his distribution from the back was carefully executed, achieving an impressive 85.4% success rate on attempted passes in the English top flight (statistics provided by whoscored).

Will The England International Make An Exit From Manchester United In January?

Over the past year, Maguire has seen his status decline at Old Trafford, currently occupying the fourth position in the competition for a starting role as a centre-back. Victor Lindelof surpassed him in the pecking order toward the end of the previous season and remains ahead of the English skipper even now.

Although Maguire has only made a single appearance as a substitute for Man United this season, the English international remains optimistic about his potential contributions this season, citing the upcoming busy fixture schedule as an opportunity to prove himself.

However, it is evident that Erik ten Hag is not inclined towards handing him several opportunities because he feels that Maguire doesn’t fit well into his system. Hence, it would be better if English defender looks for regular play time elsewhere possibly making an exit in the January transfer window.

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