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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag revealed that captain Harry Maguire is available for selection against Melbourne Victory during their pre-season tour of Australia. United trained behind closed doors where instructions from the coaches could be heard outside. United is set to play two games with an expected attendance of 150,000 for the games against Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace.

“(Maguire) is available for tomorrow. “We will see. I think he can play half a game. It is pre-season but in football, you play to win. In the end, it’s always important to win,” Erik ten Hag said about Harry Maguire. “But of course it is pre-season, we have to develop our team, so that is also a really big target for the game.”

“He can do both and I know that from the past,” he added about Donny van de Beek. “But his best position that (shows) his capabilities (is) in the box of the opponent, so playing short behind a striker. He has a really good smell for being in the right position.”

United are in talks to sign Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez as Ten Hag continues to drill the side in his proactive, pressing football on the other side of the world.

“In every part of the team, I want proactivity. That’s the most important, that players take initiative – on the ball and off the ball, offense and defense,” he continued. “I would not say that we played man marking (against Liverpool). At a certain moment we played man marking and we want to press. We want to press all day, by that I mean proactive football. Sometimes we can do that high but if (it’s) not possible then we have to read it as a team and we drop lower. But, still, we want to press. That has to be the intention all day.”

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