After getting a run of games under manager Erik ten Hag, Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has stated that his decision to continue playing for the club and fight for his place in the team has been vindicated.
Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof were ahead of Maguire, who was linked with a move to West Ham United in the transfer window, in the pecking order last season.
However, the 30-year-old decided against leaving the club and has made full use of injuries to Varane and Martinez to re-establish himself in United’s first team, starting their last eight games in all competitions.
Asked if his run served as vindication for continuing at Old Trafford, Maguire told reporters: “Of course”.
“Rapha (Varane) and Licha (Lisandro Martinez) were playing brilliantly and kept numerous clean sheets. I had to bide my time and be patient,” the England defender said after United’s 1-0 victory over Luton Town on Saturday.
“I had two or three opportunities last season to get a run of games but I broke down with illness, I broke down with injuries twice, so I never got the rhythm and never got the run of games that I could prove myself to the manager.
“I have got that now, I am really enjoying my football and I really enjoy playing for this club.”
United, who sit at the sixth position in the Premier League, will play an away match against 14th-placed Everton on November 26.