A year on, Manchester United are in the exact same position with Harry Maguire. He’s becoming an expensive problem that just won’t seem to go away.

It finally looked destined that 2023 was about to be the summer that Harry Maguire would be departing Manchester United. West Ham United offered £30m for the Englishman’s services.

However, talks broke down, and the England international stayed firmly put in Manchester. The £80m man staying also meant that United couldn’t buy a replacement in his position, meaning Benjamin Pavard, Jean-Clair Todibo and everyone else linked aren’t wearing red this year.

Nevertheless, Maguire still believes he can be a part of this United side moving forward into the 23/24 season.

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History repeats itself: Maguire willing to ‘fight for his place’

As reported recently by Fabrizio Romano, Maguire wants to ‘fight for his place at Manchester United’.

This is all well and good from the £190,000 a week star, but it’s like a broken record and likely now falls on deaf ears. At this very point of the season last year, Harry Maguire was also ‘fighting for his place at the club‘.

New signings Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane were preferred to the club captain in the heart of the defence by Ten Hag at the start of last year’s campaign, which led to reports of Maguire heading elsewhere – with Chelsea particularly interested at the time.

The season played out, with the former captain getting little to no game time, only in cups and through injury absences.

It’s becoming tiring

Whilst it’s noble to fight for your club, we ask the question – when does this end? It’s clear to see Maguire’s career as a first-team player is done at United.

Quite frankly, the reason he didn’t go in the summer was due to wage demands. It feels like he is fighting to maintain his salary, not for the love of United.

If we can upgrade in January, it’d be ideal. He’s becoming an ever-present, money-draining problem for the Red Devils.

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