Harry Maguire rejected Barcelona transfer swap to stay and fight for his Man Utd future
Maguire struggled for form throughout last season and there were suggestions United could look to sell the England international following the arrival of new manager Erik ten Hag.
However, the Dutchman has given Maguire his full backing, confirming the centre-back will retain the club captaincy for the start of the new campaign.
According to The Mirror, Maguire has been heartened by his manager’s show of faith and has now informed his representatives to reject any approach from Barcelona, who are said to be interested in signing the former Leicester defender.
Maguire’s name had been mentioned in a potential swap deal involving Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
But Maguire has no desire to move to Camp Nou this summer.
A source told the Mirror: “Some players, especially with some of the criticism going around, would have been desperate to go if Barcelona had called.
“But Harry is deadpan and wants to have a successful season with United. When it comes to mental toughness, Harry has it in spades.
“As usual, he will focus on doing what he does best.”
A close friend added: “Harry was the scapegoat for Manchester United’s poor performance last season.
“Some so-called great players have had much worse games than him. It looks like someone has to pay the price for that.
“The other season it was David de Gea who was magnificent during his time at the club.”
Maguire has featured in United’s last three pre-season friendlies after missing out on a 4-0 win over Liverpool earlier this month.
He faces increased competition for places this season following the arrival of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.
But Ten Hag says he sees Maguire as a first-choice player this season.
“I think he is. Harry has proven it in the past, but he also has to prove it in the present and in the future,” Ten Hag said earlier this month.
“I will support him wherever I can. In the end he has to do it on his own and he has the qualities to do it. He has shown that so many times in the past. He has played 60 times for England. Harry is really impressive and I expect a lot from him.
“But there is also internal competition and that’s what a club like United needs. You can’t win with 11 players.
“We need a team, especially this season with so many games. We have the Europa League, the Premier League and the World Cup, so we need a full team with high quality players, not amount.”