Fri 30 September 2022 | 13:41

Erik ten Hag rules Harry Maguire out of the Manchester derby

Despite a slow start to the season, the Dutchman led Man United to win both of their Premier League games in September, beating Leicester and Arsenal. United will have a vital test against their bitter rival on Sunday.

Harry Maguire

is under heavy pressure at Manchester United for his poor performances and fans have called for the manager to bench him. After Maguire's benching,

Manchester United

got good results and managed to win 4 games in a row.

Although Man United’s boss

Erik ten Hag

completely supported his defender amid the criticism, he confirmed the England international is the latest addition to United’s list of injured players.

Ten Hag told his press conference ahead of the Sunday clash against

Manchester City

:

"First of all, I have to coach him. I have to back him, but I back him because I believe in him. In the period I was working with him in pre-season, he was good, I would say really good, training and games.

"But then it's also to do with the good performances of the centre-backs who are playing now.

"I can see qualities. Even after he was not in the team, he trained really well. More importantly, the quality was really there.

"You see his career: he has almost 50 caps for England, already with Leicester and Man United he's performed really well. What you see is high potential.

"Then it's about him. The players in the dressing room, the coaches, the manager, we all believe in him. Now it's about him. That's what I told him. I am sure he can do it, and he will turn around this. I am really convinced of that."

 

The former

Ajax

boss added that he believes Maguire's biggest problem is his lack of belief.

"It's an aspect of football. It's an aspect of our work,"

he said.

"We set conditions for that, as a manager, and we also have experts around to help, to coach the players and the team in the right direction.

"I think he is doing quite well, but for every player there is room for improvement. If he believes in his skills, he will be quickly back on the level even more than he did.

"Once again, I'm convinced of that, because I see his capabilities are really high."

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