Last night, Harry Maguire put in a performance like he’d never been away. The Manchester United fans absolutely loved it.
Harry Maguire has missed over six weeks of football through injury. The Englishman would sit out the Europa League final, before missing England’s opening two fixtures at EURO 2020.
The Englishman would make his return for his country last night against the Czech Republic. It wasn’t a game England desperately had to win, but secure three points they would.
Gareth Southgate’s decision to throw Maguire in looked like a good one. From the very first minute, the United captain would run the show from defence. He’d win tackles, make aerial challenges and pick up where he left off in regards to his excellent partnership with John Stones.
What was most impressive to me was the incredible awareness Maguire showed with the ball at his feet. The passing range was on full display, while the pinpoint accuracy in which he was pinging the ball all over the park was nothing but exquisite. On another day, Maguire would definitely be going home with an assist or two under his belt.
To play like that despite having very little training under your belt shows you just how mentally strong Maguire is. Now, he’s ready to help his country in their quest to secure the first piece of silverware since 1966.
Following that, it’s about returning to Old Trafford with a point to prove. I still believe if he was fit, we’d win the Europa League final against Villareal. Hopefully, we’ll fare better in 2021/22.
For now, though, I’ll leave you with our favourite fan reaction to the Maguire display. Man United fans would heap the praise on the ‘world class’ 28-year-old who deserves ‘so much more respect than he gets’.