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Roy Keane Accused Of 'Bullying' Harry Maguire And Prompting People To 'Jump On The Bandwagon'

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Roy Keane Accused Of 'Bullying' Harry Maguire And Prompting People To 'Jump On The Bandwagon'

Roy Keane has been accused of "bullying" Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire after recent criticism.

Keane has had no problem slamming the United skipper, particularly after seeing him fall way short of the mark this season.

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A couple of weeks back he impersonated Maguire's apology interview going into the Spurs game, while on Friday he slammed the former Leicester City man's celebration vs Albania.

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Image: PA
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The 28-year-old opened the scoring in the 5-0 thrashing at Wembley and cupped his hands to face and put his fingers in his ears, which prompted Keane to brand him "embarassing" on ITV's coverage.

Keane's rant was nothing new or out of the ordinary on his part but former England and Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor believes the Irishman is getting too personal.

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"I’ve seen the quotes and the video of it from Roy Keane and I think Roy Keane is being a big bully, there," Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT.

“I think he’s bullying him because Harry Maguire has been under a lot of pressure after some not very good performances for Manchester United. 

"This was the next game available to prove that he’s a good centre-half. 

“Yes, it’s Albania but, still, we had a job to do. 

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“He scores, the excitement of scoring – you’re going to celebrate. 

“If I was going for a run of bad form when I scored the goal, I’d want to do the exact same celebration – hands on your ears to the critics to say, ‘I’m going to try and put in a good performance’, and he did that. 

"I thought his defending was very good and he scored a goal. Every time he does something now it feels like everyone is against him. 

“He’s English, he’s the captain of Manchester United. Yes, there’s pressure with that, but he’s probably our best centre-half. 

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“Let’s get behind him and not always trying to criticise him. 

“For me, it’s bullying from Roy Keane. Everyone sort of jumps on the bandwagon whenever Roy Keane says something.” 

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Keane also had a dig at Harry Kane and Spurs' lack of trophies, which led to Ian Wright laughing his head off pre-match.

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Maguire, meanwhile, defended his celebration and said the gesture was not directed at anyone specifically.

"The celebration was a knee slide, it just came naturally to me," he told Sky Sports News.

"It's an amazing feeling to score for my country. 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."

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Topics: Roy Keane, Harry Maguire, England, Manchester United

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