Ten Hag is pleased with where United currently stands, expressing his satisfaction with their position. Maguire, the Manchester United defender, is thrilled with his decision to remain at the club and is pleased to have reclaimed his spot in the starting lineup. The 30-year-old has participated in the team’s last five Premier League matches, capitalizing on the injuries within Ten Hag’s defensive line. Maguire’s performances have been exceptional, to the extent that he has surpassed established centre-back Raphael Varane and relegated him to the substitutes’ bench. When discussing his present circumstances, Maguire exclaims his happiness in being a part of the club and declares, “I am thoroughly enjoying my football and derive great pleasure from representing this esteemed institution.” Despite being up against strong competition from four or five highly skilled center-backs at United, Maguire displayed unwavering determination to secure his position. He acknowledged the formidable level of competition within the team, stating, “the competition for positions is extremely intense.”
Maguire encountered a demanding 2022/23 season, with a mere eight starts in the Premier League and losing favor following a significant defeat to Brentford. He experienced setbacks due to minor injuries and grappled with maintaining consistency in the squad. Reflecting on this, Maguire confessed, “I simply didn’t have the opportunity to play as many matches as I had hoped for.” Nevertheless, Varane and Lisandro Martinez’s outstanding performances were acknowledged by him, creating obstacles for him to establish a consistent place within the team. Maguire had to exercise patience and await his chance.
Despite having limited opportunities to play, Maguire held the belief that he performed admirably whenever he was called upon. He validated his skills through his impressive performances for the England national team during the World Cup. “Last year, I started around 16 or 17 games and felt that my form was exceptional,” he expressed. Maguire acknowledged the competitive environment he faces at Manchester United, affirming, “This club emphasizes the need for competition in every position, and that is precisely what we have in my role.”