Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been told he must leave Old Trafford if he wants to ‘remain at the top’.
The England defender has lost his starting spot under Erik ten Hag this season, despite starting the campaign as first choice ahead of Raphael Varane.
Maguire suffered a dismal 12 months before the Dutchman took over at Old Trafford and his fortunes haven’t improved much, even if United’s have.
The centre-back’s made just five starts in the Premier League this term, which is the same he managed at the World Cup with England in just three weeks in Qatar.
Maguire, understandably, is keen to play more but as club captain he has taken Ten Hag’s decision with maturity and insists he’s focused on winning back his place.
But Louis Saha believes Maguire’s career is now suffering and that the longer he allows himself to sit on the bench, the worse it will get.
As such, the Frenchman says it’s time for Maguire to seek a move away from the Theatre of Dreams.
‘Harry Maguire must look for a move away from Manchester United because his form is going to drop as he won’t play much,’ Saha told PaddyPower.
‘The way United play at the back, dominating and playing forward-thinking football, Maguire takes too many touches, and they lose the opportunity to attract the opponent on to them.
‘That’s what happens when your confidence is low. We see it when opponents try to press Raphaël Varane or Lisandro Martínez, they can cope with ease, unlike Maguire.
‘It’s difficult seeing the club captain not playing, but he still has a smile on his face. No one will be annoyed at him for wanting to play more minutes as he’s also a very important player for England.
‘He needs minutes and his style would suit a team who are very compact defensively and hit teams on the counter. But right now, United need a very composed and agile player at the back, able to maintain the quality going forwards.
‘If Maguire wants to stay, he has to improve very quickly and take any opportunity he gets in the team. It’s a big challenge for Maguire. He can play for Manchester United but given the players ahead of him in the team, he’s not going to get the minutes he needs if he wants to remain at the top.’