‘Leave’ - Ex-Man Utd defender gives Harry Maguire verdict & warns of Gareth Southgate decision

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has said it’s in Harry Maguire’s best interests to leave the club this summer, and has warned he could risk losing his England place if he remains at Old Trafford.

Maguire announced on Sunday that Erik ten Hag has decided to replace him as club captain ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, leading to speculation about his long-term future at the club. United are willing to let the 30-year-old leave this summer and he has been linked with moves to Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and West Ham United in recent days.

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Pallister represented United 416 times during his playing days and was part of the squad that won the first Premier League title in 1992/93. The ex-Red Devil has said it’s time for Maguire to move on.

“He’s been terrific for England,” Pallister told DAZN. “He had a great couple of years for United when he joined, but I think the media spotlight has probably hindered his career at Manchester United over the last year or so.

“When he came back from the Euros, it looked to me like he had rushed back from an injury and that also had a real effect on him. You have to say it has taken a toll on him as well. As captain of the club he has lost his place and it doesn’t look like he is going to get ahead of Varane or Martinez at this moment in time.

“Maguire is feeding on the scraps at the moment, so if it was me I would look to leave. I don’t know Harry or the situation, but I imagine it will be very difficult for Gareth Southgate to keep picking him for England. Even though he has stayed faithful to him through all his struggles, it is a personal decision for Harry to make now about whether or not he can get back into the team and get the fans back on his side.

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“He is a good centre-half, you don’t get into the Team of the Tournament at European Championships for nothing. I feel for him because I was there when I first joined Manchester United from Middlesbrough and it is tough when it feels like everyone is gunning for you and there is no place to hide.”

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