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Harry Maguire's emotional Man Utd message comes five months too late amid turmoil


Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has released several public statements this season following a string of poor performances from himself and his struggling team-mates

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Harry Maguire issued a message to suffering Manchester United fans on Saturday evening, telling them: “We are ready for the fight.”

Yet many supporters were left asking the skipper: “Why weren’t you ready five months ago when the Premier League season started?”

Maguire’s bizarre statement comes following United’s shocking start to the season, which saw beleaguered manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced by Ralf Rangnick.

The Red Devils are currently seventh in the table, out of the EFL Cup and will need to defy the odds to win the Champions League this season.

If they lose to Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday evening, their wait for silverware is likely to enter a sixth year.

What are your thoughts on Harry Maguire’s recent message? Let us know in the comments below!







It’s been another difficult season for Man Utd’s captain
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Maguire, one of England’s heroes at Euro 2020, hasn’t impressed this season but is determined to stop the rot and give United fans some joy.

“This team finished second last year and we have a better and bigger squad this year, so we have to show the right attitude,” he told the club’s website.

“We have big players in the team; leaders. I’m sick of repeating myself but it can’t continue like this – we need to go on a proper run, starting Monday.”

It’s no surprise Maguire’s sick of repeating himself, as it’s not the first time he’s issued a message to the fans.

After the humiliating 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool in October, he said: “Apologies to the fans. It’s nowhere near good enough at this club… we have to do better.”

And then after Manchester City eased to victory the next month, he wrote on social media: “We know and accept this is nowhere near good enough.

“We feel your frustration and disappointment, we are doing everything we can to put things right and we will put things right.”

Here we are, though, two months and one new manager later and things are still not going as planned for Maguire and his colleagues.

United were poor against Wolves in their last outing and, after a few decent results under Rangnick, look back to square one.

In his recent interview, Maguire went on to say: “We are all angry and want to do our best, which has probably come across on the pitch at times.

“But the team spirit is good, despite what people say. Being a professional footballer, you have to take criticism on the chin and react well to it.

“At the same time, you have to ignore the outside noise sometimes and just get your head down [in training]. We know if we can put together a run of results then everything else takes care of itself.”







Maguire needs to do his talking on the pitch for Man Utd
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Actions, though, speak louder than words. Maguire’s constant battle cries to United’s in-house media and his social media accounts aren’t helping.

In fact, it’s just annoying supporters, who want to see real progress and togetherness on the pitch. Not reports of division in the media.

The most recent rumour suggests up to 11 United players are considering their futures after becoming disillusioned with Rangnick.

Some stars are said to be unhappy with their amount of minutes this season, with United boasting countless attacking options. Maguire quashed this report, adding: “We have full respect and trust in his methods.”

There’s no doubting the ability within United’s squad or Maguire’s. He is a fantastic centre-back and deserves the international recognition he gets. But it’s time he started acting like it.

Maguire needs to stop making pointless statements and cupping his ears. The pitch is where we want to see him “ready for the fight” – not United’s website.

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