Manchester United’s Harry Maguire shared an “enjoyable” international break with the England camp
Maguire has been indispensable under England manager Gareth Southgate despite losing his spot in the starting eleven at United.
England played Ukraine in their Euro 2024 qualifying game which ended in a 1-1 draw. Maguire showed signs of rustiness at moments which was clearly due to the lack of game time he received at club level.
The 30-year-old posed an aerial threat, striking the roof of the net in the 51st minute. He also tested Ukrainian goalie Heorhiy Bushchan in the 71st minute, but Bushchan collected his effort.
England played Scotland next in a friendly game which England won 1-3. Maguire came on as a substitute in the 46th minute for Marc Guéhi when the English were already leading the game 0-2.
Scottish fans ironically cheered the defender for every touch he made. In the 67th minute, the situation got the better of Maguire as he ended up scoring an own goal.
England’s manager came to Maguire’s defense while calling the treatment of Maguire by Scottish fans, an “absolute joke”. During this time, fans have questioned Southgate constantly picking the former Leicester City star despite him struggling for minutes at Man United.
Maguire will be heading back to the Red Devils as they prepare to play Brighton and Hove Albion in a Premier League game.
The defender hopes to prove to United manager Erik ten Hag that he remains a trustworthy option for the club’s defense despite his past struggles. For now, Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez remain the fixed starting pairing in central defence.
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United will play numerous games this season with their return to the Champions League. Ten Hag’s choice to rotate the team when fixtures come thick and fast, providing players with less recovery time, remains uncertain.