The Captain of Manchester United, Harry Maguire, says people don’t want the Premier League club to do well because of the club’s rich history and that it is the biggest club in the world.
He lamented that the club is always criticized heavily for any slip and that always affects the young players at the club. The England international also lamented that the club has become the most talked-about club in the world out of envy.
Indeed, Manchester United is the most successful club in England and one of the most successful clubs in the world. The club has won a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, five League Cups, and a record 21 FA Community Shields.
The club has also won three UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, and one FIFA Club World Cup.
However, Manchester United have been a shadow of themselves as they now struggle to qualify for the top four in the league. The last time they won major titles was in the 2016-2017 season where they won the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League. Since then, they have played in the finals of some major competitions and didn’t triumph.
This season, the club has been under serious criticism since the club lost 6-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in October. The criticism took a leap when Manchester United lost two matches in four days, first was a 1-0 defeat in the hands of Arsenal on November 1 and then a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Istanbul Basaksehir on November 4.
These defeats made critics start calling for the sack of the club’s coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the Norwegian tactician has been able to override the perception of his critics by leading Manchester United to a 1-3 victory against Everton at the Goodison Park on Saturday.
“Why? Because we are the biggest club in the world. People don’t want us to do well. Why? Probably because of the success we’ve had in the past.
“We have to live up to that, we have to react to it and don’t let the negatives get into our bubble inside the training ground. Sometimes it is difficult for the lads.”
On Manchester United’s victory over Everton on Saturday, Harry Maguire said: “It wasn’t good enough as a performance. In the week again we gave them a soft goal and found it too hard to create chances to come back.
“We knew this was an important game to get three points. We reacted well but it is only a start.”
Manchester United’s next Premier League match is against West Brom on November 21, after the FIFA international break. They are going into the break sitting on the 14th spot on the league table with 10 points in 7 games.