‘This man is really just the more expensive version of David Luiz with a bigger head’: fans mock Harry Maguire for ‘flagging teammate Aaron Wan-Bissaka’ during the corner, making Southampton score a late equalizer
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was widely mocked on social media after his bizarre role in Southampton’s last breath on Monday.
The central defender, who signed £ 80 million from Leicester last summer, was found to have a teammate from Aaron Wan-Bissaka before the quit time, leaving Michael Obafemi free to tap home.
And after United took the plunge in their hunt for Champions League football, rival supporters took to Twitter to rip up the defender.
Manchester United star Harry Maguire is widely mocked for some bizarre defenses
Maguire appeared to have marked Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a man for Southampton’s late equalizer
The hosts seemed poised to secure all three points at Old Trafford after goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, but they were bizarrely put back after chaos in the penalty area.
Footage shows Maguire with his arms around Wan-Bissaka, while goal scorer Obafemi was allowed to leave Victor Lindelof’s wrong side and poke home a few inches.
The England international has probably tried to leverage his teammate to send a header away, but the moment of madness instead led United to settle for some of the loot.
The United captain’s attempt for additional leverage failed when Michael Obafemi retired home
A user called Maguire “ the more expensive version of (David) Luiz with a bigger head ” – referring to the criticized Arsenal defender after his string of high profile mistakes this season.
Another also alluded to Luiz, describing his American counterpart as a ‘pub player’.
A third wrote: ‘Maguire was shocking at every cross … did the same at Southampton’s first goal. Mess of a defender. ‘
Maguire later admitted his disappointment with the setback and ruined the loss of concentration from the corner – which was further exposed due to United’s recent resurgence.
He said, “We are in control of the game, we had countless chances of knocking out the game, we were not at our best, there are a lot of areas that we need to improve on, but we have done enough to win the game . A set play eventually killed us.
“Defending set-plays is something we’ve improved so much in this unbeaten run. We had a terrible record at the start of the season, we admitted set play after set play and we’ve been really good at it lately.
“We are currently disappointed, but we know we have to dust ourselves, there are some big matches coming up and we have to get the three points.”
Maguire later admitted his disappointment after United lost points in the top four of the chase
The defender also believes that the home team couldn’t handle Southampton’s energetic and physical style, leading to Stuart Armstrong firing the opening goal after Paul Pogba was robbed of the ball.
“They are a team that has no pressure on them; He came to Old Trafford, no fans, played proudly in the league but cannot be relegated or be able to reach Europe, ‘he added.
“We knew they would squeeze like crazy, they jump like crazy and we didn’t do it well enough in the first 20 minutes.
“We got back into the game, back where we wanted to be and then the second half was a bit of a blow, but we weren’t good enough on the ball.”