Erik ten Hag believes Man United player is a top player despite his lack of minutes

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag believes Harry Maguire is a top centre-back despite his lack of minutes, Maguire has claimed.

The United captain came on as a substitute in the 88th minute for the closing stages of the 2-0 win over Newcastle, and then lifted the Carabao Cup trophy with Bruno Fernandes.

“No, I don’t have any mixed emotions,” said Maguire. “I am club captain and my main job is to move this club forward and to bring success back to the club, and this has been part of it.

“Listen, obviously I am a footballer who wants to play games and I want to lead the boys out of the tunnel at the start of the game.

“I also want to contribute to the team. I am the club captain and I have a big responsibility on and off the pitch, so it was nice to get on and help the lads.

“I understand this is part and parcel of football when you play at the top level. This is Manchester United. We want to win trophies and to do that you need competition for places.

“The manager tells me honestly. He speaks to me daily and he really respects me and believes that I am a top centre-half with all the attributes to play in his team.

“But he also understands that the players who are playing – and I understand it – are playing very well.

“It’s a really good day for the club and for me, and a proud day for my family who were in the stands to see me lift my first trophy for Manchester United.”