Harry Maguire is sitting out of the international fixtures after the furore which led to him being arrested in Greece.
An extended break is not bad for Maguire. He played in 55 matches in total for United last season, featuring for 4,962 minutes.
2020/21 is a big season for the centre-back. Here is a look at three reasons why the £80 million signing will bounce back stronger than ever this coming campaign…
Nothing quite pushes somebody into working harder, than the threat to take away what they love doing.
Maguire’s arrest may not have been his fault, but it will have been a wake up call for him, how his freedom and dream career could be taken away in an instant.
The Red Devils’ defender is still the club captain, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appearing to back the 27-year-old.
Maguire will be keen to repay this faith, by working harder than ever, to stay at the top of his game.
The media are always quick to try and pick out holes in his game, and this summer’s events puts him under more scrutiny.
Maguire will have extra focus to be the best defender he can be, and pardon the pun, take no prisoners on the pitch.
Scrutiny on finding him the best partner
For most of last season at United, Maguire partnered Victor Lindelof in central defence.
The jury is out on whether Lindelof is the best man for the job, with the Swede making mistakes in matches against Chelsea, Southampton and Sevilla over the final month of the season.
United have been linked to Dayot Upamecano, The Telegraph report, which at least shows the club are examining the centre-back spot.
Eric Bailly will want more of a chance next season, while Axel Tuanzebe is going to be back from injury.
There is going to be renewed focus on finding Maguire the best partner, and this should be good news for the club captain.
Club and country motivation
On the pitch there is everything to play for this season for Maguire, for club and country.
His season at United ended on a sour note with Europa League semi-final defeat, and Maguire will want to lead the club to silverware this season.
This campaign brings Maguire’s first chance to play in the Champions League, and test himself at the highest level. That will be a big motivation for him.
For England he has plenty to aim for too, with Euro 2021 at the end of the season.
Maguire has to play well for United to retain his place for the Three Lions, so he will need to keep his standards high at Old Trafford.
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