MANCHESTER UNITED captain Harry Maguire has been labelled a “shambles” by fans for his positioning in Liverpool’s first goal.
The Red Devils were battered 4-0 at Anfield on Tuesday night, losing 9-0 to their rivals overall for the league season.
And it didn’t take long for Jurgen Klopp‘s quadruple-chasing Reds to take the lead.
Man Utd‘s five-back was caught out, particularly on the left side of the defence, when a ball was played through by Sadio Mane in the 5th minute.
Maguire had half heartedly tried to close the winger down but was caught out of position.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah reacted quickest, out-running full-back Diogo Dalot.
Salah then squared the ball, putting it on a plate for Luis Diaz to score.
Captain Maguire has been blasted as a “shambles” for his defending in the goal.
One fan said on Twitter: “I’ll say it again. Harry Maguire is championship standard at best.
“Gets looked after for England and exposed for Man Utd. He’s a shambles!”
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However, others say Maguire isn’t entirely to blame for the opener.
Man Utd’s midfield consisting of the likes of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba should’ve been in position to stop Mane, not Maguire.
Another fan said: “Look at Matic and Pogba. He HAS to step out. Yes he doesn’t commit but with that midfield in front of him….”
Sadio Mane went on to bag himself a brace and Salah also got in on the act, capping off an excellent performance from Liverpool’s starting front three.
Maguire has defended himself after a string of below-par outings this campaign.
The 29-year-old admitted to Sky Sports: “This season I’ve had some bad games.”
However the centre-back insisted he has retained his position in the starting side on merit.
He added: “But I wouldn’t be playing every game for Manchester United in the starting eleven if I’d been playing bad every game or not playing well enough.
“There’s a reason why both managers have put me in the starting 11 every game, for what I bring to the team [and] what I bring to the starting eleven.
“But I do also understand that I’m the captain of this club, I cost a lot of money, and when things aren’t going well and we’re conceding too many goals I’m going to get criticised.”