CHRIS SUTTON: Harry Maguire is going to have to show real strength of character to come back from this – he will eventually because there’s a good player in there
- England lost 1-0 to Denmark in the Nations League on Wednesday evening
- Harry Maguire was sent off after picking up two yellows in the first half
- Man United captain has had a poor start to the season for club and country
It has been a horrible start to the season for Harry Maguire and I really feel for him. His confidence must be shot.
He’s a really talented player but he has been woeful and he is going to have to show real strength of character to come back from this.
There will be a lot of fans around the country revelling in the fact he’s having an absolute shocker. I’ve been there when my confidence was down. I was on my knees and it’s horrible to see another player going through that. Eventually he’ll come through it because there’s a good player in there.
Harry Maguire is going to have to show real strength of character to come back from this
The £85m defender was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Kasper Dolberg at Wembley
Gareth Southgate is putting his trust in him, saying: ‘I back you, I know you’re having a tough time, I still rate you highly and have confidence in you.’ I don’t mind that principle, if Gareth thinks he’s his best centre back.
Maguire’s red card, however, was deserved. He put himself under pressure with an early challenge on Yussuf Poulsen that earned him his first yellow card.
For the second, he went to ground again and that was the issue — you always give the referee a decision to make.
Maguire gave the referee a decision to make when he went to ground to challenge Dolberg
He lunged with his left boot, got a touch on the ball and it was his follow-through that caught Kasper Dolberg.
It was unfortunate for Maguire, a bit unlucky — but I don’t think we can argue that it wasn’t a second yellow with the nature of the game these days.
He should have been a bit more streetwise and thought, ‘I’m on a yellow’. The ball was only around the halfway line and Denmark weren’t going to score from there.