Talksport report McTominay and Maguire are surplus to requirements in the long-term, with new manager Erik ten Hag preferring alternatives.
At present, however, amid a hectic fixture schedule as Manchester United balance competing in four competitions, the manager knows he needs both players.
Particularly in midfield, United are light. Scott McTominay will be needed in the rotation, even though he is clearly a very below par stand-in for Casemiro, right now he is all there is.
McTominay has only started one Premier League game since early October, the defeat at Arsenal this past weekend. Erik ten Hag has been reluctant to use him.
Harry Maguire is also well down the pecking order, with even Luke Shaw preferred at centre-back. The club captain has just four league starts to his name all season.
Both McTominay and Maguire have international ambitions for Scotland and England and will want to play regular football.
They will be prepared not to rock the boat mid-season at United, and stay professional, but come the end of the season, it makes sense for both to be moved on, allowing Erik ten Hag to upgrade in both positions.
Even with a takeover, United will have to sell players to comply with Financial Fair Play rules. Former star Teddy Sheringham this week warned Maguire ‘the writing is on the wall‘ that the defender should leave Old Trafford, constantly overlooked by his manager.
There may be a chance for Maguire in the Carabao Cup or FA Cup sides this week as Ten Hag rotates his squad, but the manager has shown when everybody is fit, in big games, he prefers alternative options.
What is Maguire and McTominay’s transfer value
Manchester United paid £80 million to sign Harry Maguire in 2019, when he signed a £190,000 per week contract, The Mirror report.
United won’t get anywhere near this figure. Maguire is under contract to 2025 with an option of an extra year, so he won’t be totally cut-price either.
West Ham and Aston Villa have both been linked, via The Star. United are likely looking at a fee of around £30 million for the centre-back, who turns 30 in March.
Moves to either Tottenham or Newcastle are still in the range of outcomes for Maguire, even Chelsea, if he can finish the season strongly and put himself in the shop window.
His fee could range anywhere from between £20-40 million dependent on the number of teams in for him, and his form between now and the end of the season.
Replacement for Maguire already identified
Manchester United manager is still very keen on Ajax defender Jurrien Timber, report owdtangle.com, instructing his scouts to continue tracking the Netherlands international.
Timber was linked with a move to United last summer before the club switched attentions to Lisandro Martinez, and United could look to reunite the pair.
Still only 21, Timber can also play at right-back, and he would be a sensible long-term successor to Raphael Varane, in addition to taking Maguire’s place in the squad.