Harry Maguire’s reaction to receiving POTM award after everything he’s been through is brilliant

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire delivered a heartwarming post-match interview after being named Player of the Match for his performance against the bottom-placed Sheffield United.

The past 12 months have been challenging for the England international, who has found it difficult to secure first-team minutes since Erik ten Hag took charge in May the previous year.

Frustrated by his diminished role and the loss of his captaincy, Maguire fell behind players like Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof, and Raphael Varane in the Old Trafford pecking order.

While there were rumors linking him to potential summer moves, with West Ham and Aston Villa reportedly showing interest, Maguire remained committed to fighting for his place, despite ongoing speculation about his future. It appears that the 30-year-old is now regaining much-needed form after a trying period.

Maguire was handed a first Premier League start of the season for United against Brentford on October 7th – a game they went on to win thanks to a late brace from Scott McTominay.

And on Saturday night, Ten Hag named Maguire in his starting XI for their clash with Sheffield United.

It’s fair to say the centre-back impressed in large spells at Bramall Lane. He recorded three clearances and three blocks, as well as recording a pass accuracy of 82 per cent.

After the full-time whistle, Maguire was rewarded for his efforts alongside goalscorer Dalot. You can see how much the award meant.

Erik ten Hag was full of praise for Maguire following his Player of the Match display.

In his post-match interview withSky Sports, he said: “I think it was deserved and he played a very good game. He showed personality and he played very good football – read the game very well. I am happy with this performance for him.

“We are happy with the win,” Ten Hag continued. “Find a way to win, that was the approach. The first half was not the best game from our side and after we go 1-0 up, too quickly we concede a goal.

“I think in the second half we controlled the game and made a great winner.

“Sheffield, their approach in the game, they had a lot of energy, they played a little bit of a different system to what we expected and we have to adjust quicker, read that and take quicker control of the game and have better organisation.”

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