Pundit expects Man United to cash in on £78m star

Exclusive: Pundit expects Man United to cash in on £78m star

If Harry Maguire decides to leave the team in the upcoming 12 months, Manchester United won't stand in his way.

Stan Collymore, a former midfielder for Liverpool who is now a commentator, thinks that Maguire faces an uncertain future but anticipates that a number of clubs will try to offer him a way out of Old Trafford.

Although Maguire, 29, was dropped from Erik ten Hag's Man United first team, he has continued to be a key player for Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Collymore has predicted that if the 29-year-old experiences another successful international campaign, he will probably return to Manchester and look for a way out. The player is anticipated to play a significant role during the Three Lions' World Cup campaign later this winter.

While Collymore expects Maguire to be a good enough professional to get his head down and do whatever is required, he believes that Maguire's time at Old Trafford is ultimately coming to an end. "He does stand a chance of coming in during domestic cup matches, and ten Hag may even throw him in with the under-23s to keep him ticking over," Collymore said in an exclusive interview.

Paul Stretford, who represented me when I played professionally, is Maguire's agent, so I am aware that he won't want his famous client to be inactive. He will want him to be playing because he will be aware that he has a very valuable asset on his hands.

The pressure has been on the former Hull City defender to perform to United's extremely high standards ever since he joined the Red Devils from Leicester City back in 2019 for an eye-watering £78.3 million. Unfortunately, that has not happened, and Collymore now anticipates United's captain to look to move on.

He continued, "I think he'll be a wanted man and will look to get out of United during the next transfer window if he does have a good run in the World Cup.

"But Stan, would Manchester United really sell their captain in the middle of the season, some might argue?

; I think so, yes.

“Let’s be totally honest here – Maguire isn’t really United’s captain anymore. Ten Hag didn't want to stab the wound any deeper, so he only has that title on paper.

"The truth is that it's improbable that Maguire would rejoin that squad with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, so the club and the fan base won't be concerned about him leaving in January or next summer. Whether a player is sold, captain or not, won't matter as long as the team is headed in the right direction.


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