Harry Maguire was not included in Manchester United’s matchday squad for their Premier League clash against Tottenham on Saturday.
Reports claimed the centre-back was left at home for the trip to north London due to a ‘minor injury’, as manager Erik ten Hag opted to name two goalkeepers on the bench instead.
Maguire is facing an uncertain future at Man UnitedGetty
The England centre-back was close to a transfer to West Ham after a £30million deal was agreed between the clubs, only for that move to break down.
Ten Hag then issued a challenge for Maguire to fight for his place in the United team, having fallen down the pecking order and been stripped of club captaincy this summer.
But the centre-back has been left out of the squad in the first game since his failed transfer away from Old Trafford.
There have been more than a few signs that Maguire has no future in the Man United squad, despite Ten Hag insisting he values the England man.
The manager confirmed this week the club is in talks with 35-year-old Jonny Evans to extend his short-term deal, having initially returned to Old Trafford as cover for United’s pre-season fixtures.
That is despite Maguire now looking set to stay put after his West Ham move collapsed.
This week Ten Hag sent the former club captain a challenge to fight for his place in the United side.
But, with Luke Shaw playing at centre-back ahead of Maguire at times last season, questions are being asked whether he will really get a chance.
Maguire started just eight Premier League matches in the 2022/23 season under Ten HagGetty
“I am happy he is here, we need a good squad,” the Dutchman said in his press conference ahead of the Spurs game.
“We have four good centre halves and including Luke Shaw we have five, and we need it because we are going to play 50-60 games this season. All the players are internationals so we have a lot of load to cover.
“I am happy Harry Maguire is here. He is going to have to fight for his position as does everyone in the squad.
“He knows what I expect from him, what I expect from a centre-half. He can do it, he has the abilities to do it so now he has to show it. It is about character, to be convinced to play that role, he has all the abilities to do it.”