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The United centre-back has endured a torrid campaign littered with errors and shaky displays at the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick’s defence.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League match against Liverpool, Maguire defended his displays, saying he would not be continually picked in the starting XI if he had been playing badly ‘every game’ while also talking about ‘pride’ in wearing the shirt.
Roy Keane (R) has scolded Manchester United captain Harry Maguire (L) for his poor performances this season
The United centre-back has endured a torrid campaign littered with errors and shaky displays
But former United skipper Keane insists the England international ‘has got to do better himself’ if his team-mates’ performances are to improve, while calling for the collective to show more ‘pride’ in their performances.
‘It’s been a tough season, for the team and for Harry, he’s not played well enough,’ Keane said.
‘He used the word pride in his interview, we need to see more of that because I’ve said many times you’re going to lose football matches but the way United lost in matches this year they’ve not shown enough pride.
‘Not just Liverpool, but Man City away, Watford away – loads of examples when they were not up to it.
Keane hinted an improvement from Maguire could see United’s own displays get better
‘You’re trying to lead a group, and it doesn’t look a great group. Is he playing for his future? He’s got to do better himself, if you want to be a decent captain you have to be at the top of your own game and hope the rest will follow.
‘He’s not been good enough and the team haven’t been good enough.’
Maguire and his team-mates will look to continue their quest to qualify for the Champions League at Anfield, with Ralf Rangnick naming a back five.
Phil Jones has earned his second top-flight start of the season and will be part of a central defensive trio with Maguire and Victor Lindelof, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot as the full-backs.
Source: DailyMail Sports