The absence of Harry Maguire has been a blessing in disguise as Manchester United cruised to their second win of the season under coach Erik ten Hag.
Erik Ten Hag has singled out Maguire for a lack of leadership against Brighton and Brentford.
Note that in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton, and 4-0 defeat to Brentford, Harry Maguire was fully involved in the game but could not do much to prevent the defeats.
Hence, coach Erik ten Hag decided to bench him in the Premier League games against Liverpool and Southampton which United won to record their first 6 points of the season.
This is an indication that coach Ten Hag does not trust Maguire because of his lack of positioning. Under the previous managers at Old Trafford, Maguire made a lot of mistakes but was not criticized or benched for them.
In the last two seasons, Maguire has failed to organize his back four. When they played against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last season, the defender failed to instruct Dalot to mark the goal scorer.
Harry also lacks the ingredients to be a captain according to many pundits. The club has tried everything possible to pair him with other defenders, but he keeps exposing the club’s defense.
Lisandro Martinez has flourished with Raphael Varane, and the manager will stick with these two unless something drastic happens.
Who Is Harry Maguire?
Harry Maguire is a professional footballer who plays as a center-back for Manchester United and England. He was born on March 5, 1993, and is currently 29 years old.
Harry is 1.94 meters (6 ft and 4 inches) tall, which makes him good aerially.
He started his youth career at Sheffield United, where he scored nine goals in 134 appearances. Harry won the player of the year award three consecutive times, and he featured in the PFA Player of the Year in League One.
The Englishman joined Leicester City in 2017 for an initial fee of £12 million. Two years later, he joined Manchester United for a world record fee for a defender.
Then, six months later, Harry was appointed as the captain after De Gea’s outburst over the then-United manager’s incompetence, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He replaced Ashley Young as the club’s permanent captain in 2020.
Harry Maguire Meme
A picture of Harry Maguire chatting with his partner, Fern Hawkins, in the stands after the round of 16 against Colombia went viral and became a meme.
His England teammate, Kyle Walker, used the meme to troll Liverpool after Manchester City won the league.
Harry Maguire Wife
Maguire got married to his childhood partner, Fern Hawkins, after seven years of dating earlier this year. She is from Sheffield, in the United Kingdom, like her husband.
The couple is blessed with a child and they named her Lillie Saint Maguire.
She was born on July 23, 1994, and her current age is 27-year-old as of 2022. She came to massive fame after becoming a glamorous and stunning fashion lifestyle model.
Fern completed her schooling at a local school in her hometown and later went on to grab a university degree in 2017. She began her career as a physiotherapist and later turned to be a photo blogger.
How Many own goal does Harry Maguire have?
The defender is not as bad as people think. He has only scored an own goal in the Premier League and that came when Manchester United defeated Tottenham by three goals to two.
Although, he has not scored any goal this season after two matches.
Why Was Harry Maguire Booed by Fans
The Manchester United captain was booed by his own fans anytime he touched the ball in the club preseason against Crystal Palace.
During international games, he was booed by England supporters. The majority of those who booed him were in Manchester United jerseys.
Those fans booed him because of his poor performance on the pitch since he was signed from Leicester City in 2019.
Some of Harry Maguire's mistakes are beyond laughable. Arrogant and slow. Provokingly useless. pic.twitter.com/eieEm9sm7c— Johnny BeastyBets.com (@johnnysbetting) January 7, 2022
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid player rating
Atletico Madrid defeated Manchester United in Oslo by a goal in a pre-season friendly. Maguire’s rating was 7/10.
He had a nice game with cross-field passes and pushed up in the Manchester United high-line defense.
The 29-year-old defender blocked Cunha’s shot in 50 minutes and nearly scored a free header in the 75th minute.
Harry Maguire Dropped From Manchester United Starting XI
Erik Ten Hag made an impressive call to bench Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luke Shaw for two successive seasons which ended in United’s favor.
The coach claimed that being a captain does not mean the player will feature all the time and has matched his words with action.
Maguire’s place in the England squad is at stake if he does not convince Ten Hag that he deserves to start. Varane seems to be the manager’s best choice as Manchester United have won two matches from two this season with Varane in the place of Maguire.