Jamie Carragher: Harry Maguire can no longer save his Man Utd career | Football

Harry Maguire has been heavily criticized for his form for club and country (Picture: Getty)

Harry Maguire has been heavily criticized for his form for club and country (Picture: Getty)

Harry Maguire is beyond salvage for his Manchester United career and according to Jamie Carragher it is now ‘too late’ for the defender.

The 29-year-old made costly errors for England in Monday night’s Nations League tie with Germany, marking a new low for the United centre-back.

Maguire has been heavily criticized for his form for club and country for over a year and has been dropped by new United boss Erik ten Hag.

He played 90 minutes as United suffered embarrassing defeats to Brighton and Brentford in their first two games of the 2022-23 Premier League but was then benched for the next four, with the club taking maximum points.

He didn’t even come off the bench in victories over Liverpool, Southampton and Leicester and played the last 10 minutes as United beat Arsenal 3-1.

Maguire was given a second chance by Ten Hag when United faced Real Sociedad in the Europa League, with the defender giving another 90 minutes, but the Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at home by the Spanish side.

After his mistakes against Germany in England’s last game before the World Cup in Qatar, Liverpool legend Carragher thinks it’s all over for Maguire at United.

“My question to Maguire is: Do you have the same anger in you?” Carragher told The Telegraph.

“Too often it seems like the weight of the world is on his shoulders, like he’s more of a spooked bunny than the authoritarian centre-back he was.

“I think it’s too late at club level. I wrote last year that he was fighting for his Manchester United career.

“He needs this to be his last season at Old Trafford and to start over. Now it’s England’s problem.

“Watching Maguire the last two games made me feel sorry for him. But that doesn’t look good for any athlete.

“Compassion won’t bring him back to where he was two years ago. It’s understandable that Gareth Southgate would stand by him in the games against Italy and Germany.

“I have agreed to this decision. He needed to take a good look at him and see if he could bring him up to speed after playing so little for United.

“It also reflects England’s limited options. There is a lack of good English central defenders [so] Southgate is dying for Maguire to get well again.

“By the summer of 2021, Maguire has played more football for club and country than any other player in the world compared to last year – a testament to how important he has become for Manchester United and England.

“His burglary started shortly after. It should have lasted a few games, not still be a topic of conversation after 14 months.

“The criticism of his performance against Germany is valid and justified and Southgate has to assess whether Maguire is mentally fit for a World Cup.”

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