Harry Maguire’s worry form for club and country should not be blamed solely on the player himself, according to Roy Keane.
The world’s most expensive defender has suffered a torrid few months following his arrest in Greece.
Since then, his form on the pitch has deteriorated badly. United were thumped 6-1 at home to Tottenham last time out, with many feeling Maguire was culpable.
And he reached a new nadir on Wednesday night for England. That’s after he was shown a 31st-minute red card after two clumsy tackles against Denmark. Gareth Southgate had plenty to say about his struggles when interviewed after the game.
However, rather than take Maguire to task, Keane insisted it is those around him who should carry some of the blame.
Maguire clearly has a lot to carry right now and Keane feels a lack of leaders in the Manchester United defence is not helping matters.
It remains to be seen whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take Maguire out of the firing line in their next game. United return to action against Newcastle on Saturday evening.
Either way, Keane says the environment Harry Maguire finds himself in at United is not helping matters.
He said: “The only down side is for Maguire, he’s going back to a team not full of confidence.
“I’ve been in situations before when I was in a situation with brilliant characters. I felt the dressing room was the best in the world. He’s not going to get that, in that back four.
“I wouldn’t be anywhere near those lads and I don’t see them as leaders.”
Keane takes Southgate to task
In addition, Keane suggests Southgate should have done more to console Maguire as he trudged off the pitch.
The United defender clearly looked like a lost soul as he headed for the dressing rooms and needed an immediate pick-me-up.
Keane is adamant that no words were required – just a consoling pat on the back.
“I think sometimes he [Gareth] knows Harry has had a tough time on and off the pitch. A pat on the back would have helped him. That would have settled him from Gareth.”