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Jamie Carragher has once again come to Harry Maguire’s defense and believes the Manchester United defender is so “broken” he was unable to defend himself from previous “exaggerated” criticism of goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Maguire was thrust even further into the spotlight after scoring an own goal in England’s midweek victory over Scotland, where opposition fans mockingly applauded him and the 30-year-old’s mother later slammed the critics in an emotional social media post.
Carragher believes the centre-back needs to be more respected by some of his teammates and doubled down on his criticism of Onana after the United goalkeeper previously blasted Maguire during a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund.
Carragher has previously claimed Onana deliberately tried to endear himself to Red Devils fans by shouting “shamefully” at Maguire. during United’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in July and believes someone should have warned the goalkeeper not to act that way.
“I know Onana is demonstrative in all his clubs, and I like the fact that he communicates,” Carragher tweeted.
Jamie Carragher maintained his defense of Manchester United defender Harry Maguire
Carragher says Andre Onana (above) ‘shamefully’ shouted at Harry Maguire in pre-season in a bid to win over Manchester United fans after his £47m move from Inter
“But to continue like that in a pre-season match when you’ve been at the club for two minutes, with the club captain, was way over the top.
“Any player worth his salt (Keane, Vidic, Rio, Stam… and me!) would have told him where to go and where to return to his goal.
“I felt like he was trying way too hard to show the fans what he was doing. The thing is, a broken Maguire didn’t say anything in response. He was well within his rights to do so. do,” he added.
The incident at the time was celebrated by many United supporters who believe Onana’s disciplinary approach is what is needed to wake up Erik ten Hag’s defense.
United boss Ten Hag obviously knew what type of character Onana was after working together at Ajax and deciding to approve his £47million summer move from Inter Milan.
Maguire was stripped of the captaincy over the summer, with Ten Hag instead handing the armband to Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The playmaker brings a different approach to the role than previous captains mentioned by Carragher and rarely berates his teammates in the public eye.
Previous managers such as Roy Keane and Nemanja Vidic were more forceful disciplinarians and caused a scene on the pitch if they felt someone was in the wrong.
Keane was often involved in arguments with former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel who adopted a similar communication style to Onana.
However, Maguire looked low on confidence when he came on as a substitute in United’s recent 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, which saw Onana initially alter his build-up play when the former Leicester defender came on.
Carragher believes United’s former captains would have stood up for Maguire and asked new signing Onana to return in goal and show some respect to players who have been at the club longer than him.
Meanwhile, Ten Hag said the media focusing on Maguire was “crazy” but called on the centre-back to silence his critics by behaving.