Sources close to Harry Maguire reveal reason behind his poor Man United form

A source close to Harry Maguire has revealed the reason behind the defender’s poor performances at Manchester United.

Maguire has received widespread criticism from Man United fans for his poor performances and lack of consistency that played a role in United’s run of poor form last season.

The England international has struggled to show any sign of improvement under Erik ten Hag and was subjected to criticism after his poor performances played a role in United’s dreadful start to the season with defeats against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford.

Ten Hag decided to drop Maguire off the starting lineup in a bid to arrest what many described as a horrendous start to the season and his decision to start Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane at the back has paid off after United won their next four Premier League games on a bounce including wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Dutchman decided to start the former Leicester City defender against Real Sociedad in the Europa League in a bid to hand Harry Maguire a decent chance to prove his worth but United succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at home under his leadership.

As a result, the former Ajax manager switched back to a Varane and Martinez pairing in an important game against Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova and won comfortably won the game 2-0, with goals from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Harry Maguire Manchester United Raphael Varane Lisandro Martinez

Many have suggested that Harry Maguire could return back to his best if he was stripped of the captaincy but a source close to the player claims that the English defender has been poor because he hasn’t had pace around him.

According to ESPN, a source close to Harry Maguire said: “Harry needs pace around him, but he hasn’t had that. If you put Rúben Dias in the Manchester United defence and Harry in the City back-four, Dias would struggle and Harry would thrive.

“Harry hasn’t had a good 12 months, but he hasn’t been helped by those around him – coaches or players – so it’s inevitable that his confidence and form have suffered.

The same report claims that Harry Maguire has blamed David de Gea for playing a role in his poor form due to the lack of communication between the backline and the goalkeeper and De Gea’s inability to help the defence by coming off the goal line.