Erik ten Hag has been very blunt in a press conference, speaking about former Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, who was stripped of the captaincy last month.
Maguire is still a United player but several reports have linked him with a move to West Ham, who are reportedly offering 35 million euros to lure him to London.
“He has to fight for his place and he has the abilities to be a top-class centre back,” Ten Hag told reporters.
“He is the best for England and I assume he will be best for us, but he has to prove it.
“When he is not confident enough to go in and fight, then he has to go. He has to make a decision. But I am happy with him… You need high-level players who are maybe not starting, but that can change.”
Manchester United’s message at Maguire
Maguire and Ten Hag do not maintain the best of relationships. The Englishman and the Dutchman have different ways of looking at football, and since the coach’s arrival, Maguire has seen his minutes on the pitch decrease.
The climax came when Ten Hag took the captaincy away from Maguire, a move the centre-back confirmed on July 16 through his Twitter account.