According to The Sun, Harry Maguire, who has been heavily chastised for his poor play this season, received the frightening threat through email, which claimed that a bomb would be hidden in the defender’s home.
‘Harry has received a significant threat to his family home in the last 24 hours,’ a spokeswoman for Maguire said.
‘He has informed the authorities, who are investigating the situation.’ Harry’s top goal is certainly the safety of his family and those around him.
‘He will continue to prepare as normal for this weekend’s match, and we will not be saying further at this time.’
The player’s and his family’s safety has been questioned, and they are claimed to be deeply rattled by the threat.
‘On Wednesday 20 April, Cheshire Police were contacted to complaints of a bomb threat at an address in the Wilmslow area,’ according to a statement.
‘There were no evacuations, however a police explosives dog was dispatched to the home this afternoon, Thursday 21 April, to undertake a search of the gardens and surrounding area as a precaution.’
Ralf Rangnick’s team will face Arsenal in the Premier League at the Emirates on Saturday at 12:30pm, and Maguire is anticipated to be in the squad as they attempt to keep their top-four ambitions alive.
The terrifying incident happened just two days after United was humiliated 4-0 by fierce rivals Liverpool.
The Red Devils are in bad form, having won just one of their past five games – against bottom-placed Norwich – and have slid to sixth place in the Premier League.
Despite the fact that the entire squad was inexcusably bad in Tuesday’s Anfield thrashing, the criticism of Maguire appeared to be at an all-time high following his dreadful season.
After just five minutes, the centre back was caught terribly out of position for Luis Diaz’s opener, which opened the floodgates for the Reds.
This season, Maguire has taken the brunt of the criticism as captain, and following this week’s setback, enraged fans slammed the England international, prompting the hashtag #MaguireOut to trend on Twitter.
Death threats are common for Maguire and the rest of the United team on social media, but this one is reported to be taken very seriously.