Italy legend Giorgio Chiellini has defended Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, insisting that it’s fair to expect him to be a world-class defender in every game.
Maguire has endured widespread criticism from Man United fans and some football pundits for his poor performances and lack of consistency.
The England international was heavily criticised after his poor displays played a role in Manchester United‘s run of horrid form that led to the club finishing 6th in the Premier League.
Maguire started United’s opening two league games this season but fell short, just as much as his team-mates, as United succumbed to defeats against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford.
United fans demand a lot from Harry Maguire and wouldn’t hesitate to lay United’s poor display or any defensive error on his shoulders.
But Chiellini has claimed that the United captain isn’t as bad as many fans have said and suggested that the treatment Maguire has endured is down to his price tag, which wasn’t his fault.
“I am sad for [Harry] Maguire’s situation because he is a good player,” Chiellini told The Times. “They require too much of him. Just because they paid £80m for him, he has to be the best in the world every match? It’s not right.
Harry Maguire has started on the bench five times in six games in all competitions and the last game he started, Manchester United lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad at home.
Despite his lack of playing time at United, the former Leicester City defender was called up by Gareth Southgate to the England latest squad.