Harry Maguire pulled no punches in his defence of Manchester United colleague Victor Lindelof and is frustrated by what he sees as unfounded criticism.
Lindelof, 26, was said to be at fault for West Brom’s goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns. The finger was pointed at the Sweden international despite the fact Mbaye Diagne seemed to foul United’s centre-back.
Diagne appeared to put his hand over the Scandinavian’s face before netting his first Baggies goal. It was a huge setback for the Red Devils who had Bruno Fernandes to thank for their equaliser.
The Portugal star’s spectacular 44th-minute strike ensured United left with a point. But it meant Manchester City pulled further clear at the top of the table.
Maguire has now had his say on the issue and was vociferous in his defence of the Swede.
“It’s a big frustration,” he told the club’s official website. “We know the first goal is crucial when you come to this place.
“But it’s a foul. I’m fed up of hearing ‘Vic can do better’. Of course he can do better, and I know he can. But I’m fed up of hearing ‘people can do better’.”
And the England stopper pointed to a goal he had chalked off at Burnley as an example of refereeing inconsistency.
“I had one disallowed at Burnley two or three weeks ago, and the difference is massive,” he added. “You can’t tell me that I did more than the striker’s done there.”
Frustration building up
Maguire feels as though the Red Devils have not had the rub of the green in recent weeks. VAR continues to cause controversy and debates rage after every round of Premier League matches.
And all the England man wants is a fair crack of the whip.
“When are we going to get these decisions? As defenders and goalkeepers, you expect a fair decision,” he continued. “For me, I know Vic will be disappointed in there, and I’m sure he’s probably getting criticism, he knows he can do better. But it’s a foul, so we shouldn’t even be speaking about this.”
United’s next task is to take on Real Sociedad in the last-32 of the Europa League. The first leg takes place on Thursday in Turin due to coronavirus restrictions in Spain.
The return leg, to be played at Old Trafford on Thursday February 25, is unaffected.