Alongside John ttones at the back for England, Harry Maguire looked reassured in Qatar, missing just 20 minutes of a possible 450 during England’s run to the quarter-finals of the competition.
England followers questioned whether Maguire would be in good enough form to lead the team’s back four and repaid the faith, helping the Three Lions keep three clean sheets at the World Cup, conceding just four goals.
Now, as Manchester United prepare to get back to action on Wednesday against Burnley in the League Cup, Danny Murphy believes the 29-year old deserves to be given a run of games back in Erik ten Hag’s side.
“He deserves that opportunity after one of the comeback stories of the season,” said Murphy, writing for the Mail.
“Written off by most people, he was outstanding for his country, which says plenty about his strength of character. It has to be admired.”
“The big question is whether his face fits with United manager Erik ten Hag and we’ll find out the answer soon. I don’t think Maguire 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.”
Before the World Cup began, Maguire hadn’t started a league game for the Red Devils since October 30th, with Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane all ahead of the United captain in the pecking order, but he will hope his World Cup performances caught the eye of ten Hag as looks to find his way back into the Manchester United starting XI.