Harry Maguire explains why he failed to seal Manchester United exit in summer transfer window

The centre-back, who was subjected to more unjustified abuse during England&aposs 3-1 win over Scotland on Tuesday night, prompting a passionate defence from boss Gareth Southgate, was the subject of a big-money offer from West Ham United. The Londoners tabled a 30million offer for the 30-year-old.

Maguire has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford over the last 12 months, currently finding himself in fourth spot in the battle for a starting berth at centre-back. Victor Lindelof leapfrogged him in the standings towards the end of last season.

West Ham were ready to give the defender the new lease of life he is in need of, but he is believed to have rejected the Reds&apos offer of a 6m pay-off. It was understood that he wanted an offer nearing 10m.

Despite having made just one substitute appearance for United so far this term, the England international is still confident that he will have a part to play this season, pointing to the hectic fixture schedule on the horizon.

“I know, at the moment, when I have not started a game in the first four games of the season, the story comes to me,” said Maguire, as quoted by the Express. “I want to play games, I want to play football.

“The first four weeks were hard because it was one game a week and the manager didn&apost select me but we have lots of games coming up now and I am sure I will play lots of games.”

On his failed exit from Old Trafford last month, he continued: “How can I put this? We just didn&apost come to an agreement.

“They were happy for me to stay and I was happy to fight for my place. I want to do that and every time I train or play I will give everything.”

Despite struggling for opportunities at United so far this calendar year, Maguire remains a key part of the England team. Southgate firmly believes in the former Leicester City defender after the way he has performed in each of the Three Lions&apos three major tournaments under his watch.

Maguire added: “Gareth has been brilliant with me ever since I made my debut. He keeps saying, &aposKeep playing well, keep doing a job for England and keep helping us progress. You see this team is progressing.

“Of course you want to play week-in, week-out and when you get that rhythm, it helps. But honestly, I feel good. He played me at the World Cup and I thought I had a fantastic World Cup having played not so many games.