'The Maguire criticism was over the top'

English Premier League

A former Manchester United star claims the criticism directed at Harry Maguire last season was over the top.

The Red Devils skipper came in for a lot of criticism for United's poor season and was dropped on a few occasions by interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

Former United defender Wes Brown says some of the comments towards the England international was a bit too much.

“Some of the criticism thrown at Maguire was over the top, but this is how football works these days,” Brown said, as per the Irish Independent.

“People get on social media, they start wading into players and momentum builds behind that criticism and Harry has been a victim of that.

“He has been booed by England fans, written off by United supporters on Twitter and it all seems pretty harsh.

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“I get it that fans are disappointed, we all were after what we saw last season. So it is inevitable that people will pick out certain players and blame them.

“Maguire has been at the top of that list and I get it. He’s the captain and he hasn’t been playing well, so he will get hammered.

“When you are playing for Manchester United, the standards and expectations are on a different level to most other clubs and all of the players didn’t reach that last season.

“We know Harry is a good defender. At the Euros last summer, he was one of the best players in the tournament and that wasn’t long ago.

“There were times in my career when I was playing bad and there is nowhere to hide when you are at a club as big as United.

“Now it’s all about how Harry bounces back from the position he finds himself in and I’m sure Ten Hag will want him in his team if the Maguire of 12 months ago is revived.

“I hope Maguire uses this summer to clear his head, come to pre-season with a new mentality and start again.”

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