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Patrice Evra defends Harry Maguire against unfair criticism

Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has spoken about the Manchester United captaincy and how Harry Maguire has been unfairly treated.

Speaking to United Transfer Room, Evra gave his thoughts on Maguire being dropped from the starting line-up under Erik ten Hag.

“The captaincy is always a big issue, especially when you play for Manchester United,” Evra said. “To drop the captain is a massive statement. This is more important than Cristiano Ronaldo or whoever.

“It must be hard for Harry Maguire. People have been unfair with him, because even now when he plays a good game people will criticise him, even when he’s not playing if we lose people will blame him and this is unfair.

“Right now, they have Varane, Martinez and the way they are fighting, giving everything, I’m really pleased with what I see. I played centre back in Italy and for Manchester United, height is not a problem.”

Maguire receives a lot of criticism when he plays. Even now, with him limited to substitute appearances, he remains a talking point.

Despite losing his place in the United team this season, Maguire still earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad and could be on the plane to the Qatar World Cup later this year.

According to The Independent, there is a belief within the England camp that Maguire is a fine defender when allowed to attack the ball, with a sweeping player behind him to offer protection.

This is not something he has had at United so it will be interesting to see what happens over the next year.

Does Maguire stay at United and fight for his place or move elsewhere?

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