Harry Maguire feels things can’t get any worse at Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)
Ten Hag has a huge job on his hands as he looks to rebuild United from a low point which saw them finish sixth, not pick up any silverware and play some seriously dour football along the way.
The new manager will be overseeing a lot of changes in personnel over the summer and Maguire says that all the players who are involved when pre-season begins will be desperate to impress and hopes a new, more positive vibe will surround the club.
‘It’s been a tough campaign, no hiding away from that,’ said Maguire, speaking ahead of England’s Nations League game in Hungary on Saturday. ‘It was a disappointing season individually and as a group.
‘Football’s my life. I care about the club so much. I care about winning matches and taking the club to where it should be, where the fans deserve it to be. I’m sure on the first day of pre-season, everybody will be buzzing around, doing their best to impress and coming back in shape. We have a big season ahead.
Erik ten Hag has a huge task on his hands at Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)
‘We know we are going to improve because last season was nowhere near good enough. The new manager will bring positive energy and the lads will go with that.’
Maguire is on England duty, where he has had a tough campaign as well, with a low point of being booed by Three Lions fans during a March clash with Ivory Coast.
The centre-back admits he was taken aback by the abuse, but is mature enough to not let it get him down.
‘If that had happened earlier on in my career, I would’ve struggled that night,’ he said.
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‘There were lads making their debut in that game and for them to hear that, having seen what I’ve done for my country over the last five years, it probably affects them as well.
‘That’s why it was disappointing. We spoke about it as a group. It’s happened in the past, I don’t want it to happen in the future.
‘I’ve been through ups and downs as captain of Manchester United. I know the scrutiny, I know the pressures and it’s something that I’ve learned to deal with.
‘I was surprised. Rather than taking it in, I was a bit shocked.’
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