Harry Maguire is booed again by Manchester United fans ahead of their pre-season clash with Aston Villa in Perth… just days after the club’s divisive captain was also mocked in Melbourne
- Harry Maguire was once again teased by his own fans in a game against Aston Villa
- The Manchester United captain has proved divisive among the club’s fans
- Maguire silenced the doubters with a solid performance in a 2-2 draw with Villa
Manchester United’s under-fire defender Harry Maguire received another polarizing reaction from the club’s fans in a pre-season friendly against Aston Villa.
The United captain has been ruthlessly mocked by supporters since the club fell to a disappointing sixth place in the Premier League last season.
As the United squad was announced on the tannoy, the defender received a mixed reaction from his own club’s supporters, with much of the boos still echoing around the Optus Stadium in Perth.
Harry Maguire was mocked by Manchester United fans in attendance against Aston Villa
The 29-year-old defender also received teasing when the Red Devils played against Crystal Palace
The England international had also received a backlash from the largely pro-United Australian crowd when the club played against Crystal Palace earlier this week, with boos heard around the stadium every time he touched the ball .
Despite calls for Maguire to be stripped of the captaincy by sections of the club’s fanbase ahead of the first season under new boss Erik ten Hag, the Dutchman was quick to ignore suggestions to demote the 80m centre-back of pounds sterling.
“Harry Maguire is the captain. He’s an established captain, he’s had a lot of success, so I don’t doubt that problem,” Ten Hag said.
The new United boss later added: “Harry is really impressive and I expect a lot from him.” I still see captaincy as a matter that I dictate.
The banter eventually turned into cheers as Maguire put on a solid display against Villa on Saturday
‘Team building for me is an important point and I always talk about a group of leaders. The captain is really important and I’m happy with him.
Maguire rewarded his new manager’s faith in him today with a solid performance at the heart of the team’s defence, producing an important interception to deny Villa an otherwise certain goal.
His impressive performance also appeared to change the minds of the fans in attendance, with cheers ringing out every time he touched the ball before being substituted just after the hour mark.
The game would eventually end even in Perth, as second-half goals from Leon Bailey and Calum Chambers canceled out United’s two-goal first-half lead.
New Manchester United boss Ten Hag trusted his captain under fire