Harry Maguire sends message on Manchester United future amid West Ham links

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Harry Maguire admits he “doesn’t want to get used to” his bit-part role in the Manchester United first-team.

Despite a solid World Cup, the England international has once again struggled for game time under Erik ten Hag.

Summer signing Lisandro Martinez appears to be first-choice alongside Raphael Varane, while Luke Shaw’s dalliance at centre-back has given the United boss yet another option.

Maguire has only started eight games across all club competitions and has been linked with moves to Aston Villa and West Ham.

The 29-year-old said he was delighted to return to the starting line-up during Friday’s FA Cup win over Reading and insisted he would work to regain his regular place in the line-up.

"I’ve looked after myself and I’ve been working hard in training," added Maguire.

"When I get the opportunity I need to take it and make sure that we win. It was nice to be out there and I’m ready when the chance comes.

"I’m 29 years old and I haven’t really been in this position in my career. It’s a position I don’t want to get used to but it’s part and parcel of football.

"But I’m working hard every day and when the chance comes I have to take it."