Manchester United told how to resurrect Harry Maguire’s form this seasonSouthampton and there’s been focus on his on-field performances, amid rumours of some kind of power divide between him and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Maguire and interim manager Ralf Rangnick have rubbished those claims during the build-up to Leeds, as has Marcus Rashford.
But the 28-year-old England international has been defended by Merson as the ex-Arsenal man moves to pinpoint the root of those problems.
Speaking to Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports, the pundit said: “
I said it from day one. I thought it would be a struggle for him playing on the halfway line.
He isn’t blessed with a lorry load of pace. But at the end of the day, Maguire still needs protection.”I don’t care who you are as a centre-half.
Their holding midfield players don’t sit.
They’re all over the place.
If you’re a holding midfield player, you sit in front and protect the back four.
I don’t care if you’re the best centre-half in the world, if you keep getting run at and there is loads of space down the channels, you’re going to have a hard time and I feel sorry for Harry Maguire.
“I don’t think they play to his strengths and the players on the pitch are letting him down. He needs protection.”