Harry Maguire’s potential departure from Manchester United has sparked speculation about his future and the club’s plans for the upcoming summer transfer window. The centre-back’s reduced playing time and lack of faith from manager Erik ten Hag have reportedly led him to consider leaving Old Trafford in search of regular first-team football.
Maguire’s decision to potentially leave United comes as a surprise, given his status as an undisputed starter for England in the past six years. However, the 30-year-old’s form and consistency have been called into question this season, as he has struggled to find his footing in a United defence that has been plagued with injuries and inconsistency.
Maguire’s errors have cost United points in crucial games, and his mistake in the Europa League defeat to Sevilla was a prime example of this. As a result, the Red Devils should consider selling the defender in the summer transfer window, should a reasonable offer come in.
Several clubs have already expressed interest in Maguire, with West Ham United, Inter Milan, and Roma all reportedly keen on signing the centre-back in January. However, United held on to him, hoping that he would regain his form and consistency.
If Maguire does leave, United should look to bring in a young, promising centre-back to replace him. Victor Lindelof could be a suitable backup option for Varane and Martinez next season, while a left-footed centre-back like Goncalo Inacio would also be a good choice.
In any case, United’s defence needs a shake-up, and selling Maguire could be the first step in that process. The Red Devils have a busy summer ahead, with several positions in need of reinforcement, and it will be interesting to see how the club approaches the transfer window and the potential departure of their captain.