Former England international Gabby Agbanlahor chastised Manchester United fans and demanded them to apologize to Harry Maguire.
Former England international Gabby Agbanlahor told Manchester United fans that they owe Harry Maguire an apology. Agbanlahor further called out boo-boys, people with the mindset of a “sheep” and no clue about football.
Maguire’s incredible run for United and his pivotal role in the three consecutive wins are noteworthy. The 30-year-old scored the winning goal in the Champions League game against FC Copenhagen.
The England international fell down the pecking order when United manager Erik ten Hag took over the club. Ten Hag prefers Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez as his first-choice centre-backs, limiting Maguire’s playing time.
Agbanlahor told talkSPORT that the United fanbase owes Maguire an apology and condemned the “sheep” fans eager to criticize him. He said:
“I’d like to say that I fell that a lot of United fans owe Maguire an apology. I feel that what he’s been through, he’d had fans booing him, he’s been away on pre-season tours and you’ve got ‘sheep’ booing him, ‘sheep’ fans that don’t have a clue about football booing him.”
United signed Maguire from Leicester City in the summer of 2019 for £80m. The deal made the Englishman, the world’s most expensive defender until Manchester City signed Josko Gvardiol last summer.
The Red Devils accepted West Ham’s offer of £30m for the 30-year-old during the summer but the deal fell through. Maguire opted to stay and fight for his place at the club showing his loyalty and determined personality.
The England international has made six appearances so far this season while contributing one goal and one assist. The Englishman lost his captaincy during the summer as he failed to win back the starting role last season.
Maguire defended himself during the October international break by highlighting a higher win rate for United with his involvement. The 30-year-old has proven again in the last three victories that the team performs better with him than without him.
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Maguire‘s occasional inconsistencies have led to criticism, which some might consider constructive. However, many times the criticism and reactions have been downright spiteful and unnecessary. The England international deserves the applause he is currently receiving for proving his doubters wrong. We don’t know if the 30-year-old will keep his place in the starting lineup when Varane and Martinez become available. Nevertheless, Maguire deserve to keep his place and continue building on his successful performances that are benefitting the Red Devils.