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Man Utd fans criticise Harry Maguire’s performance vs Burnley

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A section of Manchester United fans were unimpressed with Harry Maguire’s performance during the 3-1 Premier League win over Burnley last night.

The England star has been inconsistent with his displays at club level this term, and he produced another mixed showing against the Clarets.

United were 3-0 ahead after just 35 minutes on the clock, but they could not hold onto their clean sheet after a defensive lapse from Eric Bailly.

Bailly handed possession to Aaron Lennon with a poor touch, but he had distance to cover before unleashing his shot across David de Gea from outside the box.

Maguire had the opportunity to close down on Lennon, but his decision to backtrack aided the forward to score after De Gea was left unsighted for a brief moment.

Towards the end of the game, the Red Devils captain had his arms all around James Tarkowski in the box but fortunately, the decision was not reviewed by VAR.

Some of the club’s supporters on Twitter were critical over his showing. Here are a few reactions.

Maguire has endured a difficult campaign with the Red Devils. He has been prone to positional and unforced errors, and it was another average performance last night.

The 28-year-old has been an ever-present figure when fit, but he will need to improve his displays as interim manager Ralf Rangnick is unlikely to entertain inconsistency.

With Bailly off for the African Cup of Nations, the £43.2m star should get a regular run alongside Raphael Varane in central defence, but Victor Lindelof will be knocking on the door.

Rangnick had no qualms over starting with Bailly last night after Varane’s disappointing return from injury.

Lindelof is currently out with coronavirus, but the Sweden international has a good chance of reclaiming a starting spot if Maguire or Varane falter in the coming weeks.

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  1. Godisred

    December 31, 2021 at 11:42 am

    It’s ironic that the goals United conceded were from mistakes from Varane vs Newcastle & Bailly vs Burnley, particularly as Varane had returned from injury (crime : won an aerial challenge in a crowded defensive midfield area and in attempting to turn away with the ball in typical classy fashion, was dispossessed by a pressing Newcastle midfield) & Bailly (miscontrolled a hesitant first touch when robbed by persistent nuisance Lennon) hadn’t had a sniff for ages.

    Both mistakes were well ahead of Maguire, who you’d expect to step in to save his defensive partners’ blushes, but his indecision to shut out the opposing player resulted in a clean strike on goal.

    Both of Maguire’s partners were far more decisive for the duration of both matches, yet Maguire is yet to be dropped. It’s about time. At the moment and for a long while, he’s behind Varane, Bailly & Lindelof and needs some reflective time warming that bench.

    We should be recalling Tuanzebe (who combines most of the best of Bailly & Lindelof) and give him a decent opportunity to play, and Maguire shouldn’t play again until he’s rediscovered his mojo.

    At least Shaw stepped up last night to show the benefit of being temporarily bypassed, given his similar poor campaign.

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