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“Imagine you are Ronaldo and your captain is Maguire…”

During a live Twitch, Alphonso Davies was not nice to Harry Maguire. The Bayern Munich defender cannot understand why the Englishman is the captain of Manchester United.

Some may see this as a lack of respect. But Alphonso Davies certainly has the merit of not using the language of wood. During a live on his Twitch account, the Bayern Munich defender made it clear in his own way what he thought of Harry Maguire. While playing Ultimate Team mode of FIFA 22, the Canadian ran into the captain of Manchester United when opening a player package. Then he let loose: “Guys, can you imagine, can you imagine … You are (Cristiano) Ronaldo, one of the greatest players of all time, of the 21st century. And your captain is Harry Maguire. He calls him ‘captain’. Give him (Ronaldo) the leadership. I’m not kidding about Maguire, but Ronaldo should wear the armband.”

A very complicated period for Maguire

Since the start of the season, and also since his transfer from Leicester to Manchester United for more than €85 million in the summer of 2019, Maguire has not been spared criticism. While he brushed aside doubts with the back of his hand during the last European Championship, he is now in full doubt. He has had a series of disappointing performances in a struggling team (only 7th in the Premier League after 30 days) and no one hesitates to fall for him across the Channel. In a recent study, readers of Manchester Evening News even gave him the terrible score of 2.8/10 for his level since the start of the season. However, he retains the confidence of his coach Ralf Rangnick, as well as his coach Gareth Southgate.

“I don’t think it occurred to us not to select Maguire,” the latter said at a press conference after announcing his list for the friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast at the end of March. “He was an important part of the starting XI that took us to the semi-finals of the World Cup and the final of the European Championship. I know he is going through a difficult period at the club, but we have to see what the best players in the core of the team and he is one of them. I have no doubt that he is one of our best central defenders and the form, from that point of view, is something temporary,” Southgate insisted. † This didn’t stop the English public from whistling Maguire to the Ivory Coast.

The 29-year-old could once again count on the support of his coach and his teammates, including Jordan Henderson. “I can’t understand what happened tonight at Wembley, the Liverpool midfielder was outraged. Harry Maguire has been a behemoth for England. Without him the progress made in the last two tournaments would not have been possible. Being booed in his stadium, for no reason? What have we become? What happened is not normal. As someone who wants to win with England, I am lucky enough to share a dressing room with him.”

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