Harry Maguire claims that Manchester United’s size and past glories mean they attract more criticism than any other club in the world.
The knives have been out again for United and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the last week.
Last Sunday they suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal. And a woeful 2-1 Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir made it two defeats in four days.
They went into Saturday’s game against Everton facing an unwanted record. Another loss would have condemned them to their worst start to a league season since 1989-90.
It didn’t look good when Bernard gave Everton the lead inside 20 minutes. But a quickfire double from Bruno Fernandes sent United into the break in front. And Edinson Cavani clinched a 3-1 victory with his first goal for the club in added time.
United are still in the bottom half but Maguire believes much of the flak is down to United’s past glories.
He said: “At this club one thing I’ve noticed in my time here – I’ve been here a year and a half – is we are the most talked-about club in the world.
“Why? Because we are the biggest club in the world. People don’t want us to do well. Why? Probably because of the success we’ve had in the past.
“We have to live up to that, we have to react to it and don’t let the negatives get into our bubble inside the training ground. Sometimes it is difficult for the lads.”
Maguire says United are back on track
Maguire responded to United’s win at Goodison with further comments on the club’s Twitter feed.
The defender said: “We reacted well to two poor results. We felt we were on the right track after Leipzig (a 5-0 win) and we let ourselves down against Arsenal.
“It wasn’t good enough as a performance. In the week again we gave them a soft goal and found it too hard to create chances to come back.
“We knew this was an important game to get three points. We reacted well but it is only a start.”
Maguire has also had plenty of criticism thrown at him following his £85million move from Leicester in the summer of 2019. That was a world record fee for a defender.
But his boss, Solskjaer, singled him out for praise after the win at Everton.
The United manager said: “I thought Harry’s performance was top against – for me – one of the best in the world at aerial play, (Dominic) Calvert-Lewin, with his timing in the air, his jump, his spring and his athleticism.
“And I thought we as a backline defended really well against him. Very pleased with Harry and the rest of them back there.”