England international defender Harry Maguire is expected to remain at Manchester United according to a reputable report, despite significant speculation linking him with an ‘imminent’ transfer to Aston Villa. The 29-year-old has fallen well down the pecking order at Old Trafford under new manager Erik ten Hag, but the Red Devils have ‘laughed off’ rumours of a departure.
On Saturday, images circulated on social media of what seemed to be Maguire in a restaurant near Villa Park. It remains unclear if the centre-back was indeed in the area, but what has been ascertained is United’s stance regarding the situation.
“Reports of Harry Maguire deal with Aston Villa are denied by all parties involved,” transfer news guru Fabrizio Romano posted on Twitter. “No negotiations or talks ongoing. Maguire is expected to stay at Man United, the position is very clear,” the Italian journalist wrote.
Villa are expected to bring in a whole host of fresh recruits under new manager Unai Emery, but it seems that Maguire will not be one of these unless there is a significant shift to United’s current position. The Red Devils have not put out a statement in response to the rumours as things stand, but numerous reports suggest they found the links humourous.
Maguire, who signed for United from Leicester City for around £80 million in 2019, has made just seven Premier League appearances this campaign. He was a main stay under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he is highly-rated by England manager Gareth Southgate, but he is now a backup option in Manchester. Regardless, though, it seems he will stay this winter.