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Ex-United defender backs Maguire to become ‘totally different’ under Ten Hag

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The England international has received widespread criticism for his performances this season.

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam believes Harry Maguire can improve his form under Erik ten Hag next season.

Maguire has struggled to live up to his £80m price tag at Old Trafford. As the Red Devils continue their inconsistent defensive form, Maguire has come under fire more than other United defenders.

However, Stam believes the former Leicester City star can turn his Man United career around when Ten Hag takes charge at Old Trafford next season.

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“I still think that Harry is a good player. He is a good defender,” the former United and Netherlands defender told PA.

“You need to understand that every player – and I’ve had it myself – goes through rough spells that he’s having and hard times, the confidence is a bit low, he’s not feeling well and making mistakes. So when you cost £100m and you are making a mistake, yeah, the pressure on you is a lot more than when you’re costing a few quid.

“He’s played this season good games as well. Having this season now and maybe a new coach coming in, having a fresh start, learning a lot from this season as well and what he’s done and what he needs to do.

“Does he need to make a change or not? Maybe having different players next to him or in front of him can help him out as well in terms of feeling more confident, so maybe next season you’ll see a total different player.”