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DANNY MURPHY: Harry Maguire should stay at Man United despite latest omission and compete for his position

If I was advising Harry Maguire, I’d categorically be telling him to stay at Manchester United rather than push for a move in the final week of the transfer window. But if Erik ten Hag decides to keep Bruno Fernandes as captain when you play again, that could be seen as a good thing.

Maguire has been part of a team on a bad slide and it’s affected his form. Now they’ve won a couple of games without him, people will be wondering when he’ll be selected again and if that impacts on his World Cup chances.

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DANNY MURPHY: Harry Maguire should stay at Man United despite latest omission and compete for his position

I don’t think so because United’s fixture list is so congested, he is bound to get a lot of minutes, enough to keep Gareth Southgate happy. And the fact United are on the up should be a blessing, when he’s back in the side, there will be a more confident air about the place, he can feel more relaxed in his own game.

We know Raphael Varane can’t play two or three full games a week so Harry will be called upon I’m sure. Then it’s up to him how he performs.

I know from my own playing experience, it’s always tempting to think the grass is greener elsewhere if things aren’t going right at your club. It’s not always the case and you’re often better to stay and give it a real go.

Now, if Maguire isn’t in United’s strongest XI in a year’s time that is different, but not now.

Bruno Fernandes has played well with the captain’s armband and if I was ten Hag, I wouldn’t see any reason to change that. It’s about communication.

When Magure is picked again, the manager just needs to have a quiet word, explain that he doesn’t need the extra burden of captaining the team when his full focus should be on enjoying his football again.

I think it’s hard for players who have been out the team to be captain when they return. It’s something that might help Maguire to do without

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