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‘New Man Utd leader’ – Solskjaer explains why Harry Maguire stayed at Man Utd after private talks as Ten Hag plans to select new captain

Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shared insights into Harry Maguire’s decision to reject a summer transfer and persevere under Erik ten Hag.

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Solskjaer emphasizes the challenges of leaving Manchester United, praising Maguire for his resilience amid transfer interest and a stint without the club captaincy.

Maguire, facing scrutiny from fans, opted to stay and fight for his place, making a notable comeback to the first-team fold in recent weeks.

Having maintained communication with Maguire since his departure in November 2021, Solskjaer commends the defender’s exceptional response to adversity, acknowledging the difficulty of parting ways with a club like Manchester United.

Expressing admiration for Maguire’s handling of the situation, Solskjaer highlights the defender’s dedication and heart for the club.

He applauds Maguire’s character, referencing the challenges of transitioning away from Manchester United and emphasizing the significance of staying true to the club’s ethos.

Solskjaer, who appointed Maguire as club captain during his tenure, appreciates how Maguire’s commitment aligns with the qualities deemed essential for a captain.

Referring to Maguire’s resilience as reflective of a strong character, he underscores the importance of such players in a club like Manchester United.

While Erik ten Hag initially seemed open to Maguire’s potential departure, recent weeks have witnessed the Dutchman acknowledging Maguire’s contributions.

Commenting on the competition for defensive positions and Maguire’s performance, Ten Hag recognizes the defender’s capabilities and the challenges of reshuffling the back four.

In the aftermath of the Champions League defeat to FC Copenhagen, Ten Hag acknowledges Maguire’s effectiveness, emphasizing the intricacies of defensive cooperation and the challenges posed by frequent changes in the backline.

Despite earlier uncertainties, Maguire’s recent displays have earned recognition and praise from both former and current managers.

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