Man Utd haunted by £80million blunder, as Ten Hag forced to resolve nightmare with big payout

Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho, Manchester United, February 2022

Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho, Manchester United

Harry Maguire will reportedly earn £10million from Manchester United if he’s to leave this summer, with the club likely paying off a chunk of his contract.

Maguire has fallen down the pecking order considerably since he first joined the Red Devils. The centre-back had featured in at least 30 Premier League games in each of his first three seasons at Old Trafford.

Indeed, the captain had largely been a mainstay of the defence in prior seasons.

However, he’s been in line for criticism at points during his United career. That’s likely one of the reasons for his role dwindling throughout this campaign.

Maguire played just 16 league games this season. What’s more, only half of those came from the start, mainly when better options were unavailable.

Indeed, Raphael Varane and summer signing Lisandro Martinez are the preferred partnership when both fit. They’ve clearly done their jobs well, with United having finished third in the league.

Amid his struggles, Maguire has been linked with a move away from United.

West Ham United and Tottenham have both been linked with the Englishman. Former Spurs defender Michael Dawson suggests there will be a “lot of takers” for Maguire, and he’d have him at the north London club “tomorrow”.

Maguire in line for big payout

It’s fair to say the £80million signing has not lived up to expectation. But United aren’t done suffering the consequences of their massive outlay.

The Daily Mail reports Maguire is in line for a £10million pay-off if he’s to leave this summer. That’s due to his mammoth Old Trafford contract.

Indeed, the report suggests it’s anticipated he’ll only make half of his £190,000-per-week contract at another club.

As such, United will need to foot the £10million bill to see the back of him.

No decision on Maguire’s future yet

While United would seemingly be forced to pay Maguire if he’s to leave, it’s not a sure thing that he will. Indeed, he has been linked with a number of Premier League sides.

What’s more, a move to one of them might be good to get his career back on track.

However, Erik ten Hag still seems open to him remaining at Old Trafford. He recently stated the centre-back has “high competition” with Varane.

He also suggested Maguire’s future was in his own hands, as he said “it’s a decision he has to make”.

Maguire, then, will have to factor in whether he wants to fight for a United place that hasn’t been there for much of this season, or go to a club lower down the table, but receive a hefty payout when he goes.

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