The England international has only made eight league starts this year after falling behind Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, and Victor Lindelof, with even left-back Luke Shaw having played in center defense.
Maguire was acquired by United from Leicester City in 2019 for £80 million ($100.97 million), making him the most expensive defender in the world. In 2025, his contract is set to expire.
When the Times questioned Ten Hag about Maguire’s future, he responded, “Let’s say I’m happy he’s here and when we needed him he did his job. But it’s also a decision he has to make.”
The Dutchman admitted that Maguire had played a significant role as club captain and was giving 100% effort in practice, but he also stated that the player would not be content to sit on the bench going forward.
“No one would be happy with this situation. He is not as well,” he added.
David de Gea, the Spanish goalkeeper who recorded the most clean sheets in the Premier League this year, will continue to play for the team in 2023/24, but Ten Hag underlined that he will face competition.
“I will not say he’ll always be my number one because in a club like Man United there must be competition in all positions,” he said.
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