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“Not playing well”- Bitter PL rival defends star Man United defender from criticism amid poor form

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Robbie Savage believes Manchester United is a better team with Harry Maguire in the playing XI.

John Stones of Manchester City defends Manchester United captain Harry Maguire

Speaking to talkSPORT (h/t Manchester Evening News), Manchester City ace John Stones has defended Manchester United star Harry Maguire from criticism and has backed him to find his form soon. Both England superstars were involved in the last match where United lost 2-0 to City.

Maguire has had a tough start to the 2021-22 season and has been under fire following his woeful performances. He looked far from his best at times and, this coincided with Man Utd’s inconsistent form throughout the season.

The 28-year-old has earned just two clean sheets from 13 appearances this term, which goes on to show his plight. Stones had his fair share of criticisms in the past and has defended his international teammate during this phase.

Manchester City defender John Stones backs Manchester United captain Harry Maguire. (imago Images)
John Stones has defended Harry Maguire from criticisms. (imago Images)

“I don’t want to say that he’s not playing well, because I actually think he’s doing so many things right, but it’s just gets magnified and sometimes taken out of proportion.”

The 27-year insisted that things are blown way out of proportion and gets magnified due to the team’s poor form. He also said that the positives do not get acknowledged while believing that the Red Devils defender will soon return to his usual self.

“I am not passing the blame or anything but as a character and person that I know, I do believe that he’ll be the incredible player that he is and be back to that very soon.”

Harry Maguire is backed by John Stones amidst poor form.
Harry Maguire was been criticised a lot this season.

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Things have to start turning for the better for the United centre-back as soon as possible as Man United are dangerously close to being left behind by the competitors. Ups and downs are a part of football, and Maguire needs to back himself up in this phase and get through it.

It would be a perfect example of leadership and would encourage his teammates to try more as well, which in turn would help the team get better results on the pitch.