It’s ‘TOO LATE’ for Harry Maguire to save his Man United career, he ‘looks like an overwhelmed, startled rabbit’ and the England spot ‘could be untenable’, says Jamie Carragher, urging him to take responsibility to take
- Harry Maguire faced more criticism after two errors in 3-3 draw with Germany
- Gareth Southgate kept confidence in the defender who was out of form at Wembley
- But Maguire conceded a penalty and was then taken out of possession for a goal
- It raises serious questions about whether he should start at the World Cup
- Maguire has also lost his place at Manchester United after poor performances
- Jamie Carragher has suggested Maguire should leave United and start over
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Harry Maguire looks like a ‘horrified rabbit’ who must cut his losses at Manchester United and make a fresh start in his career, according to Jamie Carragher.
The 29-year-old was one of England’s star players during their run to the European Championship final last year, but is in a slump for both club and country.
He was booed by English fans at Wembley when his name was read ahead of Monday night’s Nations League meeting with Germany.
Harry Maguire had another night to forget during England’s 3-3 draw with Germany
The Manchester United defender conceded a penalty and gave the ball away for Germany’s second goal before England fought back at Wembley
Maguire then conceded a penalty before losing the ball in the run-up to Germany’s second goal in the 3-3 draw, seriously jeopardizing his place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup line-up.
And former England and Liverpool defender Carragher wondered if Maguire has the mental determination and fighting spirit to continue to weather the storm.
Jamie Carragher has suggested Maguire may need to leave United for a fresh start
My question to Maguire is this: ‘Do you still have that same anger in you?’ Carragher wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.
“Too often it seems like the weight of the world rests on his shoulders, like he’s more of a startled rabbit than the authoritative central defender he was.
“I think it’s too late at club level. I wrote last year that he was fighting for his career at Manchester United.
He needs this to be his last season at Old Trafford and start over.
‘Now it’s England’s problem. When I saw Maguire in the last two games, I felt sorry for him. But that is not a good sight for any athlete.
“Sympathy won’t put him back where he was two years ago.”
While Maguire has secured Southgate’s support and will almost certainly be in the Qatar squad, he faces the prospect of falling short of the World Cup in match practice.
Erik ten Hag dropped his captaincy at United after they lost their first two Premier League games of the season, against Brighton and Brentford.
Maguire retains England manager Gareth Southgate’s confidence, but his place is threatened
The defender (top right) was also dropped earlier this season by United manager Erik ten Hag
With Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez forming an effective central defensive partnership and United win their four consecutive league games, Maguire is unlikely to regain his spot anytime soon.
Carragher added: “Criticism of his performance against Germany is justified and justified and Southgate must assess whether Maguire is mentally fit for a World Cup, able to show that he can put all problems behind him.
“In the past, it’s something that Maguire struggled with. How can the manager make such a big decision for the opening game against Iran unless Maguire plays for his club?’
It came as Southgate had a heart-to-heart with Maguire in the Wembley tunnel after his error-ridden display on Monday night.
He held a personal one-on-one meeting to support his defender before leaving the national stadium.
Maguire was also supported by some of his teammates after the game.
Harry Kane praised Harry Maguire’s ‘great character’ after playing the last 10 minutes of England’s game against Germany on Monday night
Skipper Harry Kane said: ‘Any individual fault, you will be stripped. But we are a team, we will stand behind each other.
“They learn from it and move on. They were great to us every time they put the shirt on.
‘hey [Maguire] had a pretty decent injury there at the end where he played on almost one leg for another five, ten minutes.
‘Great character of him, I’m really proud of that.’