Man Utd: Roy Keane chooses his dream team in 2013
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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has weighed in on the recent saga involving Harry Maguire and Roy Keane. Maguire recently angered the Red Devils legend by cupping his ears following a goal for England against Albania. And Neville has now given his verdict on the matter.
Maguire has been poor for United this season, with the England international struggling for consistency and fitness.
And he was recently criticised by Keane after scoring for his country against Albania and cupping his ears as a celebration.
“He puts his hand to his ear. He’s like shutting the critics up but I think that’s embarrassing,” Keane said on ITV.
“He’s been a disgrace the past few months for Manchester United. He thinks he scores there, he’s going to shut his critics up. Embarrassing.”
Maguire then defended himself, saying: “The celebration was a knee slide, it just came naturally to me.
“It’s an amazing feeling to score for my country.
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“It wasn’t directed at anyone, it just came naturally to do that and open the scoring for England and get the important three points.”
And Neville, speaking to the Daily Mail, has now defended Maguire – though did insist the centre-back must do better at club level.
“When I saw him do that I thought he would get criticism,” he said.
“But whatever you need to do, Harry, to be you and get your confidence and authority back, you go for it. It’s part of his learning.
“Harry Maguire is an emerging leader but is not there yet. I thought he was getting the United dressing room in the palm of his hand at the end of last season.
“Then he went to the European Championships injured and had the most incredible experience.
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“What is happening now is that Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are experiencing post-Euros syndrome and burn out.
“I know because I have had it. At the start of the 1998-1999 season, two games in, I was playing at West Ham and Kiddo [Brian Kidd] came over to me and said: ‘You are f****d aren’t you?’.
“I was like: ‘Kiddo I am done’. They subbed me then gave me two weeks off.
“I had played Umbro Cup ’95, Euro ’96, Le Tournoi ’97 and then World Cup ’98 and at the start of that next season I blew up.
“Harry Maguire is the future of the club along with some others so I have no doubts about him.
“He is just going through a two or three year mad period like I did. It emotionally drains you. Only three weeks off every summer.
“When he puts his hands to his ears I get it. I once went over to Liverpool fans and gave them loads.
“I once played Vasco da Gama and gave two pass backs away in three minutes, played Edmundo and Romario in, and lost us a World Club Championship and lost my confidence for six months and ended up seeing a psychologist.
“So I have been where Harry Maguire may be today.
“So when he puts his hands to his ears all I would want to know most is whether he regretted doing it after the game or whether he is good with it.
“And if he was good with it then I am good with it.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, has backed Maguire to prove Keane wrong.
“His family, his club we are all very happy with him and all back him and he’s such a top professional and he’s going to prove critics wrong,” he said.
“The so-called experts have their opinions and that’s their job to put their opinion that’s not something we have to worry too much about.
“As a true example of a Man United player Harry is always there for his team and his country.”
And the Norwegian added: “Harry, as Gareth righty said, he’s not one to hide on the treatment table or try to find any excuse to sit out games.
“Harry is a top professional who wants to be there for the manager every single time and he trains really well. Going away and scoring a couple for his country will help his form and confidence.”
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