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Southgate sends brutal message to Maguire over Man Utd future

England head coach Gareth Southgate has sent a brutal message to Harry Maguire over his future at Manchester United.

Maguire has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford since the arrival of Erik ten Hag and is now only used a a back-up to Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.

He played just 16 Premier League games last season and was regularly an unused substitute.

The 30-year-old, who still captains the club, has been linked with transfers to a number of teams including Tottenham and Newcastle United.

His international manager Southgate has now told Maguire to move on and leave the Red Devils.

‘He is captain of an incredible football club so that is a difficult situation,’ Southgate said.

‘He will obviously be frustrated not to play as much as he would like but I think he has handled that really well.

‘We have got a few players with a lot going on, really. They have managed to park that brilliantly in their period with us  but there is potentially quite a few moves this summer that would be hugely important for their own careers and for us.’

When asked if Maguire needed more regular playing time at club level, Southgate added: ‘It is clear, really.

‘I think him and Kalvin Phillips are the two who have played the least in terms of guys in this squad this season but we have gone with them because in these two positions we think they are still ahead of others that might have played more.’

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