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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is a first-choice participant — Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag has stated he sees Manchester United captain Harry Maguire as a first-choice participant going into the brand new season.

The United supervisor put his religion in Maguire final week by confirming the England defender will proceed to captain the membership.

Maguire, 29, is at present considered one of six senior centre-backs on the membership with the defender going through competitors from Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe.

Lisandro Martinez can be heading to Outdated Trafford to seal a reunion together with his former supervisor after United reached a club-to-club settlement with Ajax over an preliminary £47million charge for the Argentina worldwide on the weekend.

Regardless of the stiff competitors, Ten Hag has stated Maguire will stay a first-choice participant for now however confused he should proceed to impress.

Ten Hag, talking in Melbourne, stated when requested if Maguire is a first-choice participant: “I believe he’s. He’s proved it previously however he additionally has to show it within the current time and sooner or later.

“He has performed 46 instances for England. Harry is actually spectacular and I count on quite a bit from him.

“However there may be additionally inner competitors and that’s what a membership like Man United wants. You can’t win with 11 gamers.

“We’d like a squad, particularly this season with so many video games. We’ve got the Europa League, the Premier League and the World Cup so we’d like a full squad with high-quality gamers, not amount.”

Maguire was one of many gamers at fault for Melbourne Victory’s early opener in opposition to United on Friday together with his lack of tempo being highlighted by a quick break.

Ten Hag, nonetheless, believes Maguire can play in his most well-liked high-line defensive set-up.

He added: “I believe so. And I believe we have now good centre-halves and Harry is considered one of them. He can play on the left aspect and on the fitting as a result of he’s a right-footed centre-half.”

Ten Hag believes Maguire retaining the captaincy will increase his confidence and stated who had the armband was by no means going to be determined by a staff vote.

“It may assist. I’ll help him in every single place I can. Ultimately, he has to do it by himself, and he has the qualities to do it. He has proven it so typically previously.

“I at all times see the captaincy as a difficulty that I dictate. The staff constructing for me is a crucial level and I at all times speak about a bunch of leaders. The captain is a extremely necessary one and I’m pleased with him.”

United are subsequent in motion on Tuesday once they face Crystal Palace at Melbourne Cricket Floor.

(Photograph: Getty Photographs)

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