Danny Murphy tells Man Utd star to leave and join Premier League rival

Danny Murphy has told Harry Maguire to join one of Manchester United’s Premier League rivals as his Old Trafford career is ‘done’.

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Maguire has spent three-and-a-half turbulent years at the Theatre of Dreams following his £80m move from Leicester City in 2019.

The 29-year-old has made more than 150 appearances for the Red Devils but attracted criticism throughout his spell at the club.

Maguire lost his place in Erik ten Hag’s side before the World Cup and looks set for more disappointment in the second-half of the campaign as the Dutch boss favours a centre-back partnership of World Cup finalists Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez.

Ex-England midfielder Murphy believes Maguire’s Manchester United career is ‘done’ but says he would be a valuable addition to several Premier League clubs, including Newcastle.

Asked if Maguire still has a future at Manchester United, Murphy told talkSPORT: ‘No, but he has a good future somewhere else because he’s still a great talent.

‘He’s got leadership qualities, he’s learnt at United. Yes, he’s had a little bad spell but a lot of it has been good.

‘He’s done brilliantly on the international stage at big tournaments, he’s great on set-plays, he’s a good character.

‘He’s not a “big time Charlie”, he’s humble, he looks like a great lad, good family, good support network around him. He’s going to have many takers.

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‘It wouldn’t surprise me if someone like Eddie Howe went for Maguire as another choice for them. A club like Newcastle could do a lot worse than get someone like Maguire.

‘His Manchester United career is done. I think it’s done. Not because he can’t do a job there but sometimes managers go another way. It looks like Erik ten Hag prefers other players.’

Maguire started Manchester United’s EFL Cup quarter-final win over Charlton on Tuesday night but is expected to return to the bench for Saturday’s Premier League derby against Manchester City.

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