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Maguire will not ask to be taken out of Man Utd firing line amid wretched form

Harry Maguire will not ask to be taken out of the firing line despite his worrying drop in form.

Manchester United captain Maguire has suffered a nightmare start to the season after being sent off for England and enduring disastrous home defeats to Tottenham and Crystal Palace at club level.

It has raised question marks over whether Maguire needs a rest to recharge both mentally and physically after a turbulent summer when he was convicted of assault in a Greek court and also had a disrupted pre-season as a result.

The turmoil looks to have affected his confidence and belief which has left him open to some serious doubts and criticism, including from United legend Roy Keane who said Maguire is struggling because his club team is “not full of confidence."

But Maguire is understood to want to play on, does not believe he needs a rest ahead of United’s tough trip to Newcastle this weekend when he will be under the spotlight again.

There is an acceptance the summer meant he did miss training but he feels physically fit and in good shape and it must be down to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to decide whether to take his key centre half out of the line-up.

But with United struggling for form and also defensive options, it would seem highly unlikely that Solskjaer would be able to consider leaving Maguire out even if he wanted to.

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England boss Gareth Southgate insists that the decision will now rest with Solskjaer but believes the only way forward for Maguire is to play his way through his crisis of confidence.

Southgate said: “I think the next few weeks are obviously going to be with his club. They will deal with that in the appropriate way. They've got good people there, experienced people and they'll assess where he is at.

“In my view would be that you've got to play your way through these moments. He's too important a player for them and us to think about resting him but that would be for Ole and his staff to make those decisions.”

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