Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has defended captain Harry Maguire as an "example" for the rest of his squad, after the defender's latest high-profile error in Thursday's Europa League exit at the hands of Sevilla.

Maguire's error led to an early goal for Sevilla and his performance came under the microscope again as United lost 3-0 on the night in Spain to go out 5-2 on aggregate.

But Ten Hag said the 30-year-old England defender remained a key member of his squad.

"He has an important role, he is the captain, he leads, he communicates with the manager, motivates the team, he's the example in the training space," Ten Hag said on Friday.