World Cup final preview: Argentina v France
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Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has been urged to ignore Ally McCoist’s advice of moving to Tottenham, and instead look at another of the Red Devils’ rivals for a top-four spot this season. The England star has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford behind Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, and appears out of favour with boss Erik ten Hag.
Maguire may not be suited to the Dutchman’s system, but his performances for the Three Lions in Qatar have shown many potential suitors that he has the quality to compete at the highest level. Rangers icon McCoist discussed potential moves to Arsenal and Spurs for Maguire and felt that only one north London club would be suited to the 29-year-old.
“I think he [Maguire] will move,” the Scotsman told talkSPORT. “I don’t think he may move, I’ll go one further – I think he will move. He isn’t going to hang around – he wants to play. I don’t think there are any guarantees that he’s going to march back into the Manchester United team.
“Not in front of Varane and Martinez. Straight away off the top of my head, I’d say he’s good enough for Spurs. Arsenal? Maybe not at this moment in time. But he’s been one of England’s best players at the World Cup.”
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However, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes that Maguire should ignore the idea of moving to play under Antonio Conte and pick Newcastle instead, where Eddie Howe will “appreciate” the current United captain. “The United team is more efficient with Casemiro protecting the back four and Maguire will benefit,” Murphy wrote in the Daily Mail. “But if he does well and is still replaced once Varane and Martinez are available, the writing will be on the wall.
“I don’t think the United captain will want to hang around Old Trafford beyond the summer as a bit-part player and there won’t be any shortage of interest if he’s allowed to leave. I can see him at Newcastle United, for example, where Eddie Howe will appreciate his strength and leadership.”
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Both Tottenham and Newcastle are currently above United and inside the top four, as all three clubs will be aiming for Champions League football this season. United will be wary of strengthening a potential rival mid-way through the season as a potential sale could backfire if the Red Devils miss out on the top four to Maguire’s new club.
However, if Maguire remains behind both Varane and Martinez in Ten Hag’s mind, he will feel that he won’t have had a better option to put himself in the shop window than with his performances at the World Cup.
He started each of England’s games in Qatar and formed a strong partnership with John Stones in the heart of the defence in their run to the quarter-finals.
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