Harry Maguire is being 'let down' by Manchester United team-mates says Paul Merson

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‘I feel for Harry Maguire…they don’t play to his strengths’: Paul Merson has sympathy for the Manchester United captain and insists that some of his team-mates are ‘letting him down’ 

  • Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has faced heavy criticism this season 
  • Paul Merson though says that Maguire has been ‘let down’  by his team-mates 
  • The Sky pundit says Maguire isn’t getting enough protection from midfield


Paul Merson has claimed that Harry Maguire has been ‘let down’ by his Manchester United team-mates this season.

It has been a tough season for the England international, who has often bore the brunt of the criticism that has been thrown the club’s way this season.

Maguire has made a number of high-profile mistakes this season and his defending, as well as place in the team, have come under question.

Harry Maguire has been under intense scrutiny for his below-par displays this season

Harry Maguire has been under intense scrutiny for his below-par displays this season

Merson though has told Sky Sports that he has sympathy for the Manchester United captain.

He said: ‘I feel sorry for Harry Maguire, I don’t think they play to his strengths.

‘The players on the pitch are letting him down, he needs more protection.

‘I know people say ‘oh he’s £80m’ but I don’t care – you get someone running at you on a consistent basis and it’s a big old pitch Old Trafford, you don’t want to be coming out.’

Maguire's defending and place in the team have repeatedly come under question

Maguire’s defending and place in the team have repeatedly come under question

Paul Merson though feels Maguire is being let down by his Manchester United team-mates

Paul Merson though feels Maguire is being let down by his Manchester United team-mates

Merson also hit out at United’s midfielders for the lack of protection they offer Maguire.

He said: ‘Harry Maguire, you know I said from day one, I thought it would be a little bit of a struggle playing on the half-way line.

‘I thought he’s not blessed with a lot of pace but at the end of the day he still has to get protection.

‘I don’t care who you are as a centre-half, their holding players don’t sit as the sitters, they’re all over the place.

Merson claims Maguire is not being supported enough by Manchester United's midfielders

Merson claims Maguire is not being supported enough by Manchester United’s midfielders

‘They’re having a shot on the edge of the box, over on the left, right, you’re a holding midfield player you sit in front and protect the back four.

‘I don’t care if you’re the best centre-half in the world, if you keep getting run at and there’s a lot of space in the channels you’re going to have a hard time.’

Fellow Soccer Saturday pundit Michael Dawson agreed with Merson and insisted that only Virgil van Dijk would be able to defend one on ones in Maguire’s position. 

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