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Pundit insists Man Utd flop can’t wait to ‘get away’ after becoming the club’s scapegoat

Man Utd defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire

Gabriel Agbonlahor reckons Man Utd defender Harry Maguire can’t wait for the season to finish and insisted he’s been unfairly treated this year.

Manchester United had high hopes their 2021/22 season would be a successful one way back in August. Star-man Cristiano Ronaldo returned and was joined at Old Trafford by two other world class acquisitions in Raphaël Varane and Jadon Sancho.

However, Man Utd have flattered to deceive once again and currently reside in sixth position with only one win in their last five outings.

Ronaldo has lived up to the lofty expectations to some degree with 23 goals in 36 appearances. He is one of the primary reasons why the Red Devils are still in contention for Champions League football next season.

The cause for concern within Ralf Rangnick’s camp has been the defence. Throughout the Premier League campaign, United have conceded a total of 52 goals which puts them behind the likes of Brentford (49) and Burnley (45).

Harry Maguire has been at the heart of United’s leaky defence and adding further misery to his wretched campaign was the news his season may have prematurely ended through injury. The Daily Mail recently reported a knee injury could sideline him for United’s three remaining fixtures.

Of those in the defence, the player that seems to have struggled the most this campaign has been Maguire. 40 of the 52 goals conceded in the league have occurred when Maguire was on the pitch and his lowly displays have drawn criticism from all corners.

As well as this, Maguire has been a part of 80 percent of Man Utd’s overall losses in the league this season – more than any other player on the team.

Maguire can’t wait to get away – Agbonlahor

Now, former Premier League striker Agbonlahor has spoken on the empathy he has for Maguire’s plight.

In doing so, the ex-Villa man reckons Maguire has been unfairly treated this year. And thus can’t wait to get away from Old Trafford this summer.

“I do feel sorry for Harry Maguire,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“I’ve been there as a player where you’re going through a rough spell and everyone’s on your back. You don’t know where to turn.

“For him, I bet he can’t wait for the season to finish. Get on a nice break with his family, forget about football,

“Come back in pre-season, put in the hard yards and start off a new season under a new manager.

“He’ll be looking forward to getting away in the summer, getting away from football.

“You can go through that. Everyone’s got mental health and you can’t look at footballers as robots. People like to jump on the bandwagon with Maguire,

“I feel sorry for him because there’s been so many poor performers for Man United. But he gets singled out all the time.

“He didn’t play against Arsenal and look how poor they were defensively. Raphael Varane wasn’t any better and neither was Victor Lindelof.”