Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale admires Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire for England
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has revealed that it is a dream come true for him to play with Manchester United star Harry Maguire following England’s 3-1 friendly victory against Scotland on Tuesday evening.
The 30-year-old centre-back has been a consistent presence in the England national team since 2017, and the recent match was an unusual instance where he began as a substitute.
In this match, Maguire came on for Marc Guehi at halftime and had a generally positive performance, with the exception of an unfortunate own goal.
However, Gunner’s star Ramsdale supported the former Leicester City defender and stated that any criticism hasn’t had an impact on him over the past two years.
The English keeper praised the experienced No. 5’s exceptional contributions to the England team and highlighted Maguire’s ability to stay unfazed by fan reactions.
Ramsdale also expressed how much of an honour it is to play alongside the United star in international matches. Speaking to the Evening Standard, the Arsenal star said:
“Harry has had criticism for the past 18 months to two years. It hasn’t affected him. His performances for England have been outstanding, that’s why he keeps getting picked.”
“So it’s a real dream to play with him and it’s just an unfortunate goal that people are going to highlight and it doesn’t need to be that way.”
Maguire has faced a challenging 14 months in his club career under the new manager Erik ten Hag at Man United and is no longer guaranteed a starting spot at the club.
Despite having the option to join West Ham United in the summer transfer window, the former captain chose to compete for his place at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, he has consistently been a key figure for the England national team under manager Gareth Southgate and has rarely disappointed.
Although he made a rare mistake in a recent match against Scotland, the manager was unimpressed by the reactions from both Scottish fans and English pundits.
Given the strong support he enjoys from his manager and teammates, it seems unlikely that Maguire needs to worry about losing his place in the national team.
However, he has to work on his position at United. Although he continues to get picked by his national side, things haven’t improved for him under Ten Hag.
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Raphael Varane’s recent injury handed him a chance to prove a point. But Lisandro Martinez was paired with Victor Lindelof in the recent game against Arsenal, as the manager snubbed Maguire once again.
The former Hull City defender would hope to play a role with the Red Devils this season. If not, we can’t rule out the fact that his future will once again be under serious consideration next summer.