Manchester United defender Harry Maguire sent a stern message to manager Eric ten Hag after helping his team secure a spot in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a victory over Reading.
After a goalless first half, Casemiro hit a quickfire brace to put United in control just before the hour mark. Andy Carroll was sent off for the visitors before Fred added United’s third, with Amadou Mbengue heading in a consolation goal.
Maguire, who has been limited in his involvement due to illness and the form of other players, made it clear that he understands what Ten Hag expects from him as he aims to force his way back into the starting lineup on a regular basis.
“I feel like I’ve looked after myself – I think it’s two-and-a-half weeks since my last start – so I’ve been working hard in training, the lads who’ve been playing have been doing well so when I get the opportunity I need to take it and make sure we win,” Maguire told ITV. “It was nice to be out there helping the lads and I’m ready when my chance comes.”
Maguire started the season at the heart of United’s defense, but Ten Hag has preferred a pairing of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez in the league.
Despite this, Maguire is determined to prove himself and earn a regular spot in the starting lineup. “I’m working hard every day, I’m pushing, I’m training well, and when my chance comes I need to take it. We know at this club we need competition for places, we have some top center-backs at this club so I think we’re all good from now until the end of the season.”