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Alan Smith now urges £30m player to leave Man United, after claims West Ham tried to sign him this summer

Arsenal legend Alan Smith has urged Harry Maguire to leave Manchester United after claims West Ham tried to sign him over the summer.

He was reportedly wanted by West Ham this summer, but Alan Smith now recommends the £30 million player to leave.

On Wednesday in the late afternoon, Smith spoke with Sky Sports about Maguire’s future at Old Trafford.

Over the summer, West Ham made an attempt to get Maguire and even reached an agreement with United for £30 million.

However, the 30-year-old ultimately decided to stay in Manchester and contend for Erik ten Hag’s position.

According to reports, David Moyes was eager to strengthen his backline with a seasoned player like Maguire.

It’s fair to assume that Maguire has had difficulties while playing for United in recent years, particularly following the additions of Ten Hag and Lisandro Martinez.

And Smith believes that all the England international needs to do to restart his career is to secure a transfer away from Old Trafford.

Smith urges Maguire to leave United

Smith responded in his interview with Sky Sports News after Maguire got ironic cheers each time he touched the ball during England’s 3-1 victory over Scotland at Hampden Park.

“I can remember when I got stick, when my teammates got stick, it’s never a nice thing,” Smith recalled. Without a question, Harry Maguire is a strong character, but even someone as powerful as him will have to grit their teeth and attempt to get through it.

“Scoring an own goal was the worst thing that could have occurred, but it doesn’t always rain; sometimes it rains, and that’s what it seems to be doing right now.

Manchester United players question Harry Maguire's place in team

“But he’ll get through it, I think he needs to switch teams, he needs to leave Manchester United and start that career over, there’s no doubt about that,” I said.

As evidenced by his performances in two or three competitions, he is a very good center-half for both club and nation.

“Fans should keep in mind that if he switches clubs and resumes his stellar play, we will all move on to another target. However, as a former professional, you can’t help but wince when you hear the criticism he received last night.

The ball was turned into his own net by Maguire after coming off the bench last night for England.

It’s hard to disagree with Smith that the former Leicester City player needs a change of scenery given his recent poor form and his difficult recent run of results.

But he had the chance to transfer to the London Stadium over the summer, so it came as a shock to see the deal fall through.

We’ll have to wait and see whether West Ham decides to renew their interest in Maguire. But given that he has begun the latter two years of his contract, it is safe to say that his days at United are numbered.

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