Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was under the microscope again after the thrashing against Liverpool on Sunday.
Maguire was rushed back to fitness against his former club Leicester, and produced a poor performance as United lost 4-2.
He was all at sea as Liverpool ripped United apart 5-0 and has admitted in an interview with TV2 that he has not been at his best this season.
Maguire also offered his backing to under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after rumours swirled about his future this week.
“I have struggled to find the rhythm. I’m my biggest critic, so I know when I’m playing well, and when I’m not playing well, I’m always looking for ways to improve,” he said.
“I had been injury free for a long time, then I got a big injury in the ankle. I came back and played a tough European Championship, and I have had some knocks this season which has led to me struggling to find the rhythm.
“I know that I am not at the level I’ve shown the last two seasons, but I work hard and I have no doubt that I will get back there. During the time I’ve been here, I’ve noticed that when we lose a match, there is a lot of talk.
“Most of it isn’t true. Ole has played for this club for many years and he has been the manager for three years. He knows what to expect and I’m sure he can handle the ups and downs. He knows what’s going on in this club.”
Solskjaer and Maguire are under pressure this weekend when United face Tottenham.
Maguire looks like he came back too quickly from injury, but even accounting for that, some of his recent errors have been really poor.
The England international knows he has not been at his best this season, and Solskjaer needs him to find his form – and quickly.
Maguire has been facing the press more than any United player since the defeat and he now needs an improved performance on the pitch.
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