Harry Maguire has opened up about his miserable season and insists he will be back again, starting with England’s next Nations League programme, which begins on Saturday.
The Manchester United captain was ridiculed by his fans at the club and international level, as his level declined. But the 29-year-old defender made it clear Bomb threat to his family’s home On April 20 it was pale behind. “There’s a line,” Maguire said.
“We are human. I have a family. People ask if it affects me. My mentality is that it doesn’t affect me that much but when it comes to bombing threats, it’s more about family.”
“I’m just glad my kids are at an age where they don’t read things and don’t see things in the news. If my kids are an older age, they can see things and go to school and people talk about it. That’s when it affects you a little bit more.”
“I am in a situation where I am being criticized. Manchester United You paid me a lot of money. It is one of the most loved clubs in the world and also one of the most hated clubs in the world.
“We know we’re under the most watch. I totally accept criticism when we compromise goals or make mistakes. I’m old enough to accept people who stand on my back and say I can improve.”
The bomb threat came the next day United lost 4-0 to Liverpool This led to the return of Cheshire Police to conduct a precautionary sweep of the property.
The previous month, Maguire substituted late in United’s Champions League exit against Atlético Madrid Encouraged by a section of Old Trafford Support And in his next match – between England against Ivory Coast in March – he is Boos by some fans at Wembley.
“I had a great time with [England] Fans and I won’t allow the minority – I don’t know how many, 10-20 people do that in the Ivory Coast match – Maguire said. “I was a little shocked. I wouldn’t say I was hurt and upset. I know my family and friends might have been affected by it but I was even more surprised.”
Gareth Southgate, the England coach, who has always supported Maguire, The boos were called an “absolute joke”, saying that other players may be wondering if they will be next for this type of treatment and wondering if they should continue to join in. In England’s bad days, some players were reluctant to perform international duty.
Maguire said: “There were a lot of young boys on the team that day, a lot of young people in the stands, a lot of kids watching and aspiring to grow up and be a footballer in England so they have to hear that for someone who has been in a big part of the game. Journey over the past five years, it’s sad to see.
“Maybe it affects them [the young England players]. This is why it was a bit disappointing. We talked about it as a group. But I am sure there will be many good times when England fans will once again show their support and love.
“I’m my biggest critic. Although there are a lot of critics, I’m actually still my biggest! My dad is probably the next biggest.”
“If it had happened earlier in my career, I would have struggled that night. But I am 29, I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs and have learned to deal with it through experience. I am sure I will be back to playing my best soon.”
Maguire, who said he has yet to speak with new Manchester United manager Eric ten Hag, has yet to deliver his punches in the club’s poor season.
“You can see near the end,” he said, “the confidence wasn’t there.” “We can look at individual performances but every player hasn’t performed at a level… with the exception of Cristiano [Ronaldo] with his goals.
“But if you look at the individual performance, it’s difficult to play in a team when we collectively weren’t good enough.
“Football is my life. I care every day at the club. To finish in the same way – sixth in the league, I came out of the cups in the games we should have won… It was disappointing from start to finish.”
England are preparing for Nations League matches against Hungary (on Saturday) and Germany away (next Tuesday), then Italy (June 11) and Hungary at home (June 14), in their penultimate meeting before the start of the World Cup finals in Qatar on November 21.
Maguire was told that, given his form, it was a good thing for him that the finals weren’t about to start in their usual place in June.
He replied, “It is fair to say.” “After the season we played, all the Manchester United players… I mean, I’m just here in the team now. Are we favorites for the World Cup? Sure and it’s true.
“in semi-final against croatia In Russia [in 2018]We had the talent to win that match but we didn’t have the mentality or the faith.
“The important thing now is that we have a lot of players playing in big European matches for their clubs week after week, fighting for the biggest trophies. This experience is crucial in tournaments.
“We were penalty kicks away from winning in the biggest pressure in football – Euros at Wembley [last summer]. If we can handle that, I’m sure we can handle the pressure of the World Cup.”