Manchester United captain Harry Maguire plays up front: Erik ten Hag unleashes bizarre tactical tweak as United chase Real Sociedad

November 5, 2022

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has had a tough season so far. But perhaps he could have reimagined his career in a bizarre Erik ten Hag tweak away to Real Sociedad.

United were searching for another goal to avoid the dreaded Europa League play-off against a strong third-placed Champions League team, needing a two-goal cushion to top their group. After taking the lead through Alejandro Garnacho, they looked poised to grab another.

La Real stood strong, though. Ten Hag threw the kitchen sink at it – including using his captain as an unlikely lightning rod up front. 

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League match between Manchester United and FC Sheriff on 27 October, 2022 at Old Trafford, Manchester. United Kingdom

Erik ten Hag has had some funny ideas since joining United – but this might top them all (Image credit: Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Maguire was brought on as a second half substitute and began to drift towards the left-wing. After a few minutes, he was in a forward berth. Cristiano Ronaldo has now partnered the likes of Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney, Karim Benzema… and Harry Maguire up front. It didn’t quite work out, however.