Harry Maguire looks like man with the weight of the world on his shoulders as he arrives for Manchester United training… so after all his problems on and off the pitch, will Solskjaer take him out of the firing line for trip to Newcastle?
- Harry Maguire returned to Manchester United training on Thursday morning
- The defender looked crestfallen after a night to forget with England
- Maguire was sent off, with his general season beginning poorly so far
- United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must now decide whether or not to drop him
The facial expressions of Harry Maguire said everything as he arrived back at Manchester United training on Thursday morning.
After Wednesday evening’s horror show at Wembley where his erratic performance for England resulted in a red card, the 27-year-old made his way back to Carrington and looked as though the weight of the world was placed firmly upon his shoulders.
Photographers captured images of Maguire’s arrival, as the dejected star drove his car into United’s complex ready to train for the return of Premier League action this weekend.
Harry Maguire carried a pained expression as he showed up for Manchester United training on Thursday morning, in the aftermath of his red card nightmare with England
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a big call to make regarding Maguire’s position in his team
The Red Devils resume domestic action against Steve Bruce’s Newcastle, though big questions now hang over the Manchester United captain.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must make the important call as to whether to drop Maguire and allow his captain some time out of the limelight in order to recompose.
The defender appears to have struggled greatly this season following his dramatic summer, in which he was arrested and detained on the Greek island of Mykonos following an altercation with police.
Maguire has been heavily criticised for his role in United’s poor start to the season, with the defender looking particularly off the mark during the 6-1 humiliation against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
The £85m defender was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Kasper Dolberg at Wembley
Jamie Redknapp says he ‘feels sorry’ for Harry Maguire as his turbulent season continues
Sky Sports pundit Redknapp said Maguire is having a ‘moment’ and struggling on the pitch
Returning to the England fold following the Mykonos saga, Maguire’s struggles continued after two rash mistakes warranted yellow cards and a premature ending to his evening.
Former professional turned pundit Jamie Redknapp later offered his pity in Maguire’s direction and said the defender’s confidence was ‘on the floor.’
‘I feel sorry for him,’ Redknapp said at half time. ‘It would be easy to rip him apart. He’s having a moment.
‘He’s having a really bad moment in his career that he is somehow going to have to pull himself together and he’s got a big weekend coming up for him for Manchester United and he’s got to get his confidence back because he is a player really lacking confidence.
‘There is a lot going on in his life. I think sometimes we forget that. You can genuinely see he is really struggling with his game at the moment.
Maguire’s poor form has also been highlighted with United’s horror start to the season
‘I think his confidence is on the floor, it’s obvious. You don’t become captain of Manchester United if you don’t have a lot about you. You have a presence, you have a quality that people like.
‘Right now his confidence is on the floor it’s obvious to see. Everything I hear about him is he’s a really good lad. But he’s making mistakes I didn’t see him make a couple of years ago. He’s got a lot on his mind, there’s no doubt at all. Some players can handle it.’
Former United captain Roy Keane also offered his verdict on Maguire’s troublesome situation, and placed some of the blame at the door of England boss Gareth Southgate.
When questioned about Southgate not consoling Maguire, Keane told ITV: ‘I think sometimes he [Gareth] knows Harry has had a tough time on and off the pitch, a pat on the back would have helped him.
‘That would have settled him from Gareth.’
Maguire trudged down the tunnel without a word of consolation from the England manager
Keane also said that returning to an under-performing United side, following two defeats out of their first three Premier League games, won’t help Maguire’s form either.
‘The only down side is for Maguire, he’s going back to a team not full of confidence,’ Keane added.
‘I’ve been in situations before when I was in a situation with brilliant characters, I felt the dressing room was the best in the world. He’s not going to get that, in that back four.’