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Dwight Yorke speaks about Harry Maguire transfer saga

Former Manchester United forward Dwight Yorke has advised Harry Maguire to depart from Old Trafford during this summer’s transfer window for the betterment of his career.

The Red Devils accepted a £30 million offer from West Ham United for Maguire last week, although the potential move to the Europa Conference League champions has reportedly collapsed.

Despite being the fourth-choice centre-back, the 30-year-old is now likely to remain at Old Trafford, with Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, and Victor Lindelof all ahead of him in the pecking order.

During the previous season, Luke Shaw was also deployed ahead of Maguire in the heart of Manchester United’s defence, particularly when both Varane and Martinez were sidelined due to injuries.

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Erik ten Hag, the head coach of the Red Devils, has reiterated multiple times this summer that he intends to retain the former Sheffield United prodigy. However, Maguire lost the captain’s armband at the beginning of pre-season, and Yorke has asserted that the defender has endured “humiliation by the manager.”

“I don’t think Harry Maguire will be an option for squad depth now, not when he’s been humiliated by the manager who spoke publicly about fighting for his place,” Yorke told OLBG.

“It’s about being the best in your position at the club, that’s what he needs to aim for; his confidence will be low after his captaincy was taken away.

“Imagine seeing Luke Shaw playing in your position while you’re still on the bench; consider what that would do to your confidence. Maguire might perceive it differently, and he’s entitled to, but I believe him leaving Man United is an obvious choice.

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“His respect within the changing room would have diminished; he would have been embarrassed by recent events.

“If Jonny Evans agrees to a one-year contract, it says everything about Erik ten Hag’s intentions with Maguire.”

Martinez was replaced at half-time during Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night due to a minor ankle concern. Nevertheless, it was Lindelof, not Maguire, who was brought onto the field.

In the team’s first match of the new campaign, the 2019 signing from Leicester City remained unused on the substitutes’ bench. It is anticipated that he will encounter challenges in securing consistent playing time this season if he continues at Old Trafford.

Recent reports have also linked Aston Villa with Maguire, as Unai Emery’s side reportedly seeks a replacement for Tyrone Mings, who sustained a serious knee injury against Newcastle United on Saturday.

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