Harry Maguire is eager to regain his first-choice status at Manchester United.
The centre-back made a rare start for tonight’s Europa League last-16 second leg win over Real Betis as United sealed their place in the quarter-final stages of the competition.
Maguire played his part, put in a solid performance and captained the side to a clean sheet.
But it was just his sixth start since the turn of the year, which is far from ideal for a defender trying to keep his place in the England line-up.
Maguire made it clear after tonight’s win over Real Betis that is still hoping for more game time at United.
“I work hard at the training ground and that’s all that you can do,” he told BT Sport after the match, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“You can work hard in training, I put everything into training. We have good coaches at this club and they put on really good sessions for us the day after games.”
Maguire added: “Listen, it’s not been too long since my last game, I think it is a couple of weeks ago, I have started five, six, seven since the World Cup.
“Obviously, I want to play more, I want to start more games, but I’m playing my part on and off the field.
“It’s nice to be out there leading the team and getting the victory, which is the most important part for myself and the club.
“I’ve got an important role on and off the field at this club and every day I try to make this club succeed, whether I’m playing or not.”
United closed out the tie well and there wasn’t any reason to panic on the night. Maguire played a key part in that but I don’t think he will be returning to the line-up anytime soon.
I would be surprised if his days at United weren’t numbered.
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