Harry Maguire Embraces Hostile Treatment
Harry Maguire, the 30-year-old Manchester United center-back, has shrugged off hostile treatment from opposing fans and sees it as a way to relieve pressure on his England teammates. This comes after he was subjected to mockery by Scottish fans following his own goal during a match on Tuesday.
Maguire entered the game in Glasgow at halftime, with England leading 2-0. However, in the 67th minute, he unintentionally redirected a low cross into his own net, giving the Scottish team a lifeline.
Regarding the treatment he received from Scottish fans, Maguire described it as "a little bit of banter" and expressed his readiness to shoulder the pressure. He explained, "It pretty much takes the pressure away from my teammates and puts it all on myself. It makes them play better, for sure. We knew coming here, when you hear the national anthem and the way they disrespect that, we knew it would be hostile and in the second half I got most of it. I am happy to go with that, don't worry about that."
Maguire, who joined Manchester United from Leicester City for a transfer fee of £80 million ($99.94 million) in 2019, had his club captaincy revoked by manager Erik ten Hag in July. He has faced challenges in securing first-team football at the Premier League club and was linked with a potential move away from Old Trafford during the recent transfer window.
Reflecting on his situation, Maguire acknowledged the initial difficulties, saying, "The first four weeks were hard because it was one game a week, and the manager didn't select me, but we have lots of games coming up now, and I am sure I will play lots of games."