Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has praised Harry Maguire following the current Red Devils skipper’s “dominant display” against USA.

On his 50th appearance for the Three Lions, the 29-year-old ensured that the United States of American didn’t find a way past England’s backline.

United’s number five was in imperious form, and he was often in the right place at the right time to clear England’s lines.

Despite coming into the World Cup undercooked having lost his place at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag, the former Leicester City centre-back is once again repaying the faith shown in him by Gareth Southgate and has started the tournament in impressive fashion.

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Wayne Rooney and Jude Bellingham were among the stars to congratulate Maguire upon making his 50th international appearance.

Bryan Robson praises Harry Maguire after “dominant display” against USA

Only John Stones (97) had more touches than Maguire (94) from either side in Friday night’s clash.

As well as winning three aerial duels, Maguire made one tackle, one interception and blocked one shot. But it was his ability to sense danger and his positioning which stood out against Gregg Berhalter’s side.

According to WhoScored, Maguire made eight clearances, which was double any other player on the pitch.

Given the scrutiny Maguire’s performances had been under heading into Qatar, Robson has been impressed with his character to perform at a high level after enduring a “torrid time lately”.

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Speaking via The Mail about England’s disappointing goalless draw to USA, Robson said: “The one positive was Harry Maguire’s performance. Harry has taken a lot of criticism and had a torrid time lately, so for him to put in such a dominant display at this level speaks volumes for his character.”

Robson is expecting the world’s most expensive defender to be tested by Wales’ powerful target man Kieffer Moore on Tuesday, but United’s former midfield marvel is backing Maguire to relish the challenge against Bournemouth’s marksman.

Maguire has only made one Premier League start for the Red Devils since August with Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.

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