'Magnificent' Maguire lauded by Ten Hag after return to Man Utd line-up: 'We've seen how important he is!'

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Harry Maguire Manchester United 2022-23
Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag hailed defender Harry Maguire as "magnificent" following his display in the 1-0 win against West Ham on Sunday.
  • Maguire impressed in Man Utd win
  • Made some important tackles
  • Ten Hag full of praise for returning defender

WHAT HAPPENED? The centre-back made some vital interventions to help United secure three points in the Premier League encounter, including a late block that kept out a great opportunity for West Ham's Jarrod Bowen and a strong tackle on Declan Rice.

WHAT THEY SAID: Ten Hag sang the centre-back's praises after the game, saying to BBC Sport: "He was magnificent in protecting the box. He is a great player and a really good defender and we have seen how important he is for the squad. I am really happy for the team of course but also Harry Maguire as he came off the pitch with a clean sheet."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The clash at Old Trafford was only Maguire's fourth appearance in the Premier League this season. The England international had been absent since early September because of a hamstring injury and made his return to the starting XI against West Ham.

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Harry Maguire Manchester United West Ham 2022-23

Harry Maguire Manchester United 2022-23

Manchester United West Ham 2022-23

WHAT NEXT FOR MAN UTD? Ten Hag's team are in action again on Thursday when they face Real Sociedad in the last game of the Europa League group stage.