Ralf Rangnick ‘doesn’t understand’ why Harry Maguire was targeted by Wembley boo boys while on England duty and says Man United fans would NEVER turn on their captain at Old Trafford
- Harry Maguire was booed by the Wembley crowd before and during England’s friendly against Ivory Coast on Tuesday night
- Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane defended Maguire after he received abuse
- Man United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick was also left baffled by the boos
- Rangnick said United’s fans would never turn on their captain in this way
- United host Leicester City on Saturday night as the Premier League returns
Ralf Rangnick ‘doesn’t understand’ why Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was booed by England fans at Wembley Stadium.
Defender Maguire was jeered by the crowd before and during England’s international friendly with Ivory Coast on Tuesday night.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate and team-mates including Harry Kane, Jack Grealish and Jordan Henderson sprung to Maguire’s defence afterwards.
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick (right) has been left baffled by England fans booing Harry Maguire, as they did at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night
Maguire was booed both before and during the international friendly at Wembley on Tuesday
And United interim boss Rangnick was also baffled that Maguire would be targeted for criticism from a section of the Wembley crowd.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of Leicester City, the German said: ‘He knows my position towards him, he’s been a very valuable player for the team and the club, the captain of the club.
‘I didn’t understand what was going on at Wembley but I am pretty sure this will not happen in our stadium with the Red Army behind our club and their captain.
‘He has been a very important player for Manchester United and England in the last couple of years. Gareth Southgate said something after the game and Harry Kane.
‘I didn’t watch the game but I heard what happened after they announced the starting line-up. It is difficult to understand what happened.’
Maguire has endured a difficult season for Manchester United but played well for England
England manager Gareth Southgate hit back at the minority in the Wembley crowd who jeered
Asked if he had a message to the England fans booing Maguire, Rangnick added: ‘I don’t speak to them in person but I’m pretty sure it won’t happen in our stadium.
‘For it to happen in an international game is unusual.’
Rangnick was then asked why Maguire was such a target for the boo boys.
He said: ‘I don’t think this is a personal thing, it hasn’t anything to do with Harry himself. We know there were one or two players who have been criticised in the last one or two years.
‘For example, Fred, a very important player for this team, playing regularly for the team and in the starting XI for Brazil. I watched his two games [last week] and he did well.
England midfielder Declan Rice defended Maguire, telling the fans to back the players
England skipper Harry Kane also came to the defence of Maguire after he was booed
‘Maybe it’s still got to do with the high expectations around this club and people maybe compare with former legends and big players.
‘Fred, Scotty [McTominay] and Harry are important players and players with the right attitude.’