Harry Maguire ‘given special permission by Erik ten Haag to go on holiday’

And as he continues to recover from the knock that will rule him out of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Everton, it emerged that Maguire spent last week in Portugal at the Quinta do Lagofor golf resort.

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That’s according to a report in The Sun, who suggested Maguire take a break with family members to help him “clear his head” as his team-mates stuttered in a 3-2 win over Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League.

Erik ten Hag, who has previously insisted all injured players will remain in the club’s training camp during their recovery, is “desperate” for the England international to regain some form in the coming months.

So much so that he has made a special exception to his own rule to make it happen.

A source was quoted as saying: “Eric has high standards for everyone to live up to. He expects all injured players to stay in the squad.

“He believes they should work as a unit – injured or not. But in Harry’s case he felt there were exceptional circumstances. He wanted a mental break from the pressure he was under.

“He’s gone with his family and Eric is hoping it will put him in a better place to recover from injury and get back into shape.”

Maguire has been suspended for most league games this season, with Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane preferred by manager Ten Haag.

But the former Ajax boss continued to publicly back his defender.

“I have to support him, but I support him because I believe in him,” the Ten Hag said after Maguire featured for England last month.

“I can see the qualities and even after not being in the team he trained very well and, more importantly, the quality was really there.

“You look at his career, almost 50 caps for England, Leicester and Manchester United – he’s performing really well, what you see is high potential.

“And then it’s for him. The players believe in him in the locker room, the coaches, the manager.

“That’s what I told him, I’m sure he can do it and he’ll turn it around, I’m convinced of that.”

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Last month, after Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams suggested the players should not listen to the criticism, Maguire agreed after England’s defeat to Italy, before claiming it was all about “clicking”.

“I’m all good, ready to play, I feel fit and fresh. In terms of my form, I don’t know what’s been said, I haven’t really read about it,” he told talkSPORT.

“I came away from three positive games with England in the summer and a good preparation, I felt really good.

“Obviously, the manager [Erik ten Hag] he decided to leave me out for one game, and the team has been winning ever since.

“I’m working hard on the training pitch to make sure I’m ready when my opportunity comes. That’s all I can do to try and help the team.

“I don’t focus on anyone else and what people say, I think if people can do a story about me being Manchester United captain, it will be big news.

“Well, that’s why they do it, they like the clicks and things like that, but I went to the Euros after an eight-week injury and didn’t play a single game and got into the squad.

“As far as rust, and things like that, I’m sure that won’t happen.”

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