Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire have come under heavy fire for their poor performances against Burnley.
Manchester United were actually pretty good against Burnley on Tuesday night, particularly in that first 45. The performance levels were high and the game was in our control.
Sadly, this Reds side always has a massive mistake in them. It’d come early in the second 45 as Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw all made individual errors leading to a Jay Rodriguez goal.
That seemed to fill our eleven players with nerves and they’d never rediscover the levels they’d hit in the first half. In the end, the draw was probably a fair result.
The fans were quick to pile on Maguire after his poor mistake and sadly, this is becoming an all-too-regular occurrence. Supporters aren’t the only ones who are feeling frustrated at Maguire, with Alan Shearer also piling in on McTominay, too.
The Reds duo were heavily criticised by the pundit, as both were slated for a ‘lack of effort’ against Burnley. As much as I’d love to back our players and fight their corner, I just can’t.
Check out what Alan Shearer had to say in full here:
“From Manchester United’s point of view, I mean Maguire and McTominay? The lack of effort and the lack of a tackle from Maguire and McTominay was embarrassing in that midfield,” Shearer said to Premier League Productions, as cited by the Manchester Evening News.
“It was far too easy and that’s how Burnley scored.”
Maguire, in particular, has been playing way too poorly for a few months now. It’s constant big mistake after constant big mistake – and it’s starting to cost us results.
I’d argue Rangnick coached a comfortable 4-0 victory for the Reds last night, but Maguire helped ensure that this game would finish 1-1. This is the captain of the biggest club in the country. Surely we’re well within our rights to expect better?
McTominay also switched off for the goal but we’re going to be a bit more generous in regards to the Scotland international. He’s been playing out of his skin over the last couple of months and one momentarily lapse in concentration can be forgiven, especially as he’s been one of our better players since Rangnick took charge.
At least with McTominay, you know that he’s going to come back with a point to prove against Southampton at the weekend, whereas Maguire is only trending downwards right now.
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