Jamie Carragher believes Harry Maguire could be shown the exit door at Manchester United if the defender continues to struggle.
The 29-year-old is enduring a difficult season this term, scoring two goals in 31 appearances in all competitions. Meanwhile, despite the defender’s struggle, the interim boss Ralf Rangnick is continuously picking the Englishman in his starting eleven.
Speaking on CBS Sports(Via Manchester World), after the Champions League clash between Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. The Liverpool legend said that the former Leicester man is going through the worst time of his career.
Carragher further stated that Maguire has to find his form as soon as possible otherwise, he might be shown the exit door. Carragher said:
“He’s going through the worst moment in his career. I can picture it now when I was playing. It felt like, no matter what I did in the game, how I prepared for it or how well I played, the one thing I would get wrong is that the ball would end up in the back of my net.
“This is something Maguire is going through. He has to get out of it very quickly, otherwise, he won’t be at the club. The standards are so high – I actually think the crowd cheered when he went off, which isn’t nice for anyone. He gets criticised because he cost £80m. Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk for £75m and Van Dijk is the best defender in the world. He is a phenomenon. Harry Maguire isn’t that.”
Harry Maguire hasn’t had a great time this season but for some reason, he has continuously been picked over Victor Lindelof. The Swedish defender has done reasonably well alongside Raphael Varane in defence. But, Rangnick keeps on picking the 29-year-old and the Red Devils’ defensive issues persist.
Staying away from the spotlight might be helpful for Maguire to regain his confidence back. However, he hasn’t been given the necessary break. The Englishman is trying to play out from this trouble, but, sometimes it is better to take some time off.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are highly unlikely to secure a place in the Champions League next season as they are currently one point away from the fourth spot having played three extra games. And most importantly Arsenal are looking much more settled to secure a place in Europe’s elite club competition.
So, following the elimination from the Champions League on Tuesday night, the Red Devils fans might have to wait a bit longer in order to return to this competition.