Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told not to drop Harry Maguire this weekend, despite his poor start to the season. Maguire was sent off after half an hour in England’s 1-0 defeat against Denmark on Wednesday.
Maguire’s terrible start to the season continued on Wednesday night as he saw red after just half an hour at Wembley.
The centre-back picked up a yellow card after over-reaching for a tackle and raking his studs down Yussuf Poulsen’s leg well inside the Denmark half on the touchline just five minutes into the game.
Then, 25 minutes later, he mis-controlled the ball and inside the Denmark half and ended up making a poor attempt at tackling Kasper Dolberg, sending the forward flying and receiving his marching orders for a second yellow.
Maguire has endured a torrid few weeks both on and off the field, with United’s terrible start to the season coming after he was dropped from the England squad last month for an incident which occurred while he was on holiday.
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United have shipped 11 goals in their opening three Premier League games, and pundits have questioned whether Maguire is good enough to be starting at centre-back for them every week.
The Red Devils were criticised for not signing a new central defender in the summer transfer window, after Solskjaer reportedly targeted Dayot Upamecano.
Ahead of United’s Premier League match against Newcastle this Saturday, questions have been asked of whether Maguire should be dropped.
But former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes that would be the worst thing possible for the defender, as he explained on ESPN FC that Maguire needs to recapture the form which saw him earn his £80million move to Old Trafford.
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“The easiest thing would be to drop him,” he said.
“But, the way United are right now, they actually need a somewhat decent Harry Maguire.
“When he signed for them he looked like a leader, he looked like a captain, and his play on the field was excellent.
“But ever since the shutdown and restart, there have been question marks over him.
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“I don’t think Ole’s got a choice.
“I think if Ole drops him, that puts even more pressure on him.
“Harry Maguire has got to be a man, he’s got to stand up, have a good look in the mirror and figure out how he gets himself back to where he was when he joined Manchester United.
“I don’t think it’s an option to drop him, I think that makes things worse for Harry Maguire and Manchester United.”
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