But Ten Hag clearly believes Maguire can play to the left of a defensive partner. The United boss had the option of using Varane to the left and Maguire to the right, but went against his former opinion.
“I have to say Harry is playing like we want him to play,” Ten Hag said on Tuesday. “Very proactive out of possession, dominating his opponent, stepping in when necessary, reading the game, good covering but also in possession very proactive, stepping in, delivering good passes, switching, yes, I am happy with his performance.”
Maguire might have now proved that he can play on the left side of central defence, opening another option for Ten Hag. The United boss will be glad that he did not sell one of his most experienced players in the summer.