MANCHESTER: Harry Maguire says his decision to stay with Manchester United last summer was the right one as he returned to Erik ten Hag’s starting line-up.
After a lackluster first season under Ten Hag, Maguire came close to moving to West Ham in the last transfer window, but fell through and remained at Old Trafford.
He started the campaign as a substitute, but returned to start the game in United’s last eight games.
“I played a few games last year, 16 or 17 starts, and I think I did well in every game, just not as often as I would have liked.
“Rapha (Raphael Varane) and Licha (Lisandro Martinez) also performed brilliantly and ensured that the goal was not conceded.
“I just have to wait and be patient. I had two or three chances last season to get a place, but was prevented by injuries and health problems.
“So I didn’t have a chance to prove to the operator my true ability. Now I’m back to getting a rhythm.
“I’m enjoying my game now and I’m happy to be playing for this club. I’m willing to stay here and compete for a place.
“We have four or five world-class centre-backs at this club and the competition for those positions is fierce,” Maguire said.
Maguire, who still holds the title of the world’s most expensive defender, returned to his place after Martinez was forced to rest through injury.