Harry Maguire says 'there's a reason' he never gets dropped

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire turned in another disappointing defensive performance as the team were beaten at Anfield.

Maguire was pulled out of position for Liverpool’s first goal, and then lost Sadio Mane for the third. He then played a terrible pass in the 85th minute which led to the fourth.

While none of the starting XI came out of the game with any credit, Maguire really needed a big game.

This was because the club captain had given a defiant interview to Sky Sports defending his form.

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Maguire says criticism down to fee

Showing a lack of awareness for how bad his form has been this season, Maguire said his selection record proved he has not been that bad.

He said: “There’s a reason why both managers have put me in the starting XI every game for what I bring to the team, what I bring to the starting XI. But I do also understand that I’m the captain of this club.

“I cost a lot of money and when things aren’t going well, when we’re conceding too many goals, I’m going to get criticised.”

Maguire might be better off for being dropped for a while, to reflect on his form. Perhaps then he may get the message.

There have obviously been games where he has done well, the win at home to West Ham in January for instance, but over the course of the season he has taken a big backwards step and is a part of an under performing group who should be doing a lot better.

Maguire seems to make individual errors each game, too often caught out of position, and his refusal to acknowledge his own shortcomings seems short-sighted.

To simply blame the criticism on the £80 million fee he cost, shows he is not really taking enough responsibility for his own form. United supporters deserve better.

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