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Erik ten Hag blocked Maguire exit despite having him on six-man transfer list

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag blocked Harry Maguire from moving to Inter on loan despite placing him on a six-man transfer list ahead of the summer window.

The 29-year-old was subject to interest from the Serie A club in January as they offered him a route back to regular first-team action, having fallen out of favour at the club.

Maguire has started just four Premier League games this campaign and is now behind Lisandro Martinez, Varane and Victor Lindelof in the pecking order.

Maguire was heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan or Premier League rivals West Ham, but Ten Hag then pulled the plug on a transfer away for the England defender.

According to The Sun, the Red Devils head coach has promised Maguire more opportunities to regain his place in the starting lineup after he refused to let him leave.

But, it is reported Ten Hag has named Maguire as one of six players that will be allowed to move on at the end of the season. That list also includes Anthony Martial, McTominay, Donny van de Beek and on-loan players Alex Telles and Bailly.

The England international will no doubt have a number of suitors should he decide to leave Old Trafford, but he could still have a huge role to play at United between now and the end of the campaign.

United have plenty of games to rotate their squad as they are the only English top-flight team still in all four competitions, having progressed to the Carabao Cup final this month.

Ten Hag will need to use the bulk of his squad to ensure his key players are fresh and aren’t at risk of picking up an injury.

Christian Eriksen, who has been a regular in the team this season, suffered an ankle issue in United’s victory over Reading and will be out until at least the end of April.

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