Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher thinks Harry Maguire is now fighting for his future at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United defender was booed by sections of the home support at Wembley before and during England’s 3-0 win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday night. Gareth Southgate hit out at supporters for their questionable behaviour, but Roy Keane suggested that he should’ve focused on Maguire’s performance on the night.
That reaction was also slammed by England team-mate Jordan Henderson.
However, Carragher explains in his latest column for The Telegraph that Maguire’s troubles began at club level with Cristiano Ronaldo’s return not helping.
Carragher wrote: “Maguire’s difficulty in turning it around at Old Trafford is his lack of authority in the United dressing room.
“Since last summer, Maguire has been looking over his shoulder amid a debate as to whether he or Cristiano Ronaldo should be captain.
“Rather than reassert his leadership, he has fallen short. That has affected his performances.”
Carragher believes Maguire is under increasing pressure to prove he has what it takes to lead United into a new era, with a new manager set to be appointed at the end of the season.
He added: “Only one person can change the situation.
“Maguire has to show he has the talent and strength of character to stay at Manchester United beyond this season, and remain the lynchpin of England’s defence at the World Cup.”
Maguire has endured a difficult season for United and has been subject to criticism for his performances. We published a piece earlier this week about the hate culture at Old Trafford and how he’s become a victim in it all.
Hopefully Maguire can turn things around.