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Former Teammate Says Harry Maguire Isn't At The Level To Be Manchester United Captain

Ryan Sidle

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Former Teammate Says Harry Maguire Isn't At The Level To Be Manchester United Captain

Harry Maguire nearly cost Manchester United two points against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, and one of his former teammates claims he's not at the level to wear the armband for his side.

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Only Cristiano Ronaldo would have been happier than Maguire for the striker's hat-trick goal against Spurs, having bundled in an own goal just nine minutes before.

Maguire's goal, which left Cristian Romero literally laughing in his face, would no doubt have annoyed Ronaldo, after he'd already looked to have dragged his team to all three points with his first two goals.

The winner might have shared the centre back's blushes but he's now been criticised by former Hull City teammate Ahmed Elmohamady, who doesn't think the 29-year-old is goone enough to be United's captain.

"Harry was with me in Hull City and, in my opinion, he doesn’t have the level to be the Manchester United captain," Elmohamady told beIN Sports.

"Man Utd need a player with a strong personality and I hope that the next manager will give the captaincy to Ronaldo if he stays.

Ronaldo's hat-trick makes him a worthy captain according to Elmohamady. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo's hat-trick makes him a worthy captain according to Elmohamady. Image: PA Images

“Ronaldo can handle this responsibility and pressure; however, Maguire can’t handle this pressure.

“So I think that the pressure he has by wearing the captain’s armband is affecting his performances.

“Maguire performed really well with Leicester, a team that competes to be in the top six of the Premier League and maybe this is his level.

“He doesn’t have the level to play for the biggest team in the history of England.”

Maguire slots home his own goal against Spurs. Image: PA Images
Maguire slots home his own goal against Spurs. Image: PA Images

It wasn't the only criticism the England defender received at the weekend, with Roy Keane predictably annoyed with Maguire, and centre back partner, for the most Keane reason possible.

The pair were seen wearing gloves whilst they warmed up ahead of the game, something that Keane sarcastically called a "great message."

The former Leicester City defender didn't wear them for the game, although Varane did, and maybe if he had he'd have been warm enough to defend properly.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Harry Maguire

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