By Callum O'Connell

19th Sep, 2023 | 3:10pm

Charlie Adam claims Manchester United duo made the right call to turn down West Ham United transfers

Former Premier League midfielder Charlie Adam has claimed Manchester United duo Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay made the right call to turn down moves to West Ham in the summer transfer window.

Adam claimed the players would be good enough to get back into Manchester United’s plans, with the decision to stay and fight for their place right for their careers if that’s what they wanted to do.

Sky Sports reported on 18 August that Maguire’s move to East London had fallen through, with the defender opting to stay and fight for his place under Erik ten Hag, despite questions over his role in the squad.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live’s The Monday Night Club, Adam claimed: “I think Harry Maguire could have gone to West Ham, I think McTominay could have gone to West Ham.

“But ultimately if it is not right for the player, then they are not going to go, are they? If they feel that they are good enough to get back into the team or the squad, then obviously they are not going to go.

“They are not just going to get pushed through the door because your manager says, ‘Well, you can go’. You fight for your place. It’s easy just to give up.”

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Maguire should have left

While Adam certainly makes a good point about the ultimate decision resting on the players’ shoulders rather than the club, and the choice to stay and fight for their place is a bold one, Maguire would almost definitely have been better off away from Manchester United.

His career at Old Trafford, along with his reputation, has taken a huge hit, with each performance getting intensely scrutinised in criticism that how now reached previously unseen levels. There is what seems like an obsession with Maguire failing.

This intense pressure has directly affected his performances on the pitch, and a move to West Ham to play in a different system under a different manager away from the spotlight looks like it would have been the best decision to make for his career.

McTominay, on the other hand, has not been given much of a look-in at Old Trafford this season and should have also left the club in search of regular football where his talents would be appreciated more.

In other West Ham news, the club will be regretting transfer decisions after what happened in the last 24 hours.