Man United has been performing marvellously in Erik ten Hag´s first season at Man United and The Red Devils are currently not far away from having secured Champions League football next season.
But not everything has been rosy in this season, and especially the club captain, Harry Maguire, has been the topic of the conversation for plenty of periods in this season.
We sat down to talk to the former Man United defender, Paul Parker, who shared his thoughts on Harry Maguire, who he calls arrogant and unambitious and claims wouldn’t be able to play for a top 10 team in the Premier League.
Arrogant Maguire makes his teammates look bad
Harry Maguire has been struggling this season with getting game time and Parker leaves a scratching attack on the English defender, who he claims makes his teammates look bad.
“Victor Lindelof´s level isn´t dropping when he is playing alongside Harry Maguire but Maguire makes him look bad.”
“Imagine a movie with one very good actor and one very bad actor. The actor that is actually quite good would immediately look bad because he has to carry the other actor on his back.”
“That’s what Lindelof is doing with Maguire and it’s completely different with Luke Shaw. With him Man United are having two good actors to stay in this analogy and they are complimenting each other.”
“Luke Shaw is very good on the ball, which is what everyone wanted to say that Maguire was when he signed for Man United. But the ones that saw him for Hull knew that he was never good on the ball. All he was doing was dribbling around the box and making mistakes, which were classified as unlucky. It was a selling point.”
Maguire has been linked away from Man United for a long period of time due to his lack of game time on the pitch for The Red Devils, but Parker says that Maguire can’t play for a top team and that he might even stay at Man United and enjoy himself.
“Harry Maguire is not able to hold a line. He can’t do that. He wants to defend deep, which is why he ideally should move to a club that is playing with a deep line.”
“Of course he can´t play for a club in the top 10. He might be able to play for one of the teams below that if they are defending deep. He can’t play for a progressive team.”
“But Maguire is going to be a problem in the summer window. I don’t think he wants to leave and I don’t think the clubs want to pay what Man United are valuing him.”
“He enjoys being a Man United player and he is probably not ambitious enough to move on and keep his spot in the England squad. He might think it’s secured no matter what happens. He has this embedded confidence in himself, which in fact can be called an arrogance to be perfectly honest.”