Paul Merson apologised to Manchester United defender Harry Maguire (Image: Sky Sports activities)
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has revealed he known as Harry Maguire to apologise after going ‘a bit too far’ in his criticism of the Manchester United defender.
England worldwide Maguire turned the most costly defender in historical past when he accomplished a £80m transfer to United from Leicester City in the summertime of 2019.
The 29-year-old has endured a turbulent spell at Outdated Trafford, receiving a lot criticism from followers and pundits and discovering himself on the bench underneath new United supervisor Erik ten Hag.
Merson was shocked by the charge United paid for Maguire – calling it ‘ridiculous’ – and questioned if the defender could be a hit on the Theatre of Goals.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities in 2019, Merson stated: ‘£80m for Maguire is ridiculous on the highest degree.
‘It’s important to keep in mind he ripped it up for England in a 3. And whenever you play in a 3 on the again, you do this for one cause solely – the defenders will not be ok and you don’t belief them. He completed properly at England.
‘However it’s important to keep in mind when he performs for Leicester, they play, they drop again and defend on the sting of their field, there is no such thing as a area behind. The ball comes within the center, he heads it out, he comes out operating with the ball.
Maguire has endured a turbulent spell at Outdated Trafford (Image: Getty)
‘He kicks off now with United and you might be on the midway line and impulsively you might be taking part in in opposition to Arsenal and you might be on the midway line and balls are going excessive for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and for Man Metropolis for Sergio Aguero and it’s tempo, tempo, tempo.’
Merson regrets his feedback, nevertheless, and has revealed he contacted Maguire and Leicester Metropolis boss Brendan Rodgers to apologise.
‘I don’t wish to be proper on that – I’d quite be flawed,’ the previous Arsenal winger instructed The Telegraph. ‘I need England to win the World Cup and Harry Maguire to get the profitable aim.
‘It was simply my opinion. I rang up Brendan Rodgers and stated, “Are you able to get me Harry Maguire’s quantity?” I didn’t really feel snug with myself.
‘I wanted to ring him and say, “I don’t agree with the £80m however I shouldn’t have stated that and I’m sorry”. I went a bit bit too far.
‘He couldn’t imagine it. Most likely thought it was a joke. I don’t suppose he has had a good crack. He’s struggling and he’s taking part in on the left when he’s right-footed.’
Maguire has solely began three of Manchester United’s eight video games to date this season and can look to earn a recall following the worldwide break.
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