Harry Maguire is booed AGAIN by Manchester United fans ahead of their pre-season clash with Aston Villa in Perth… just days after the club’s divisive captain was also jeered in Melbourne
- Harry Maguire again received jeers from his own fans in game against Aston Villa
- The Manchester United captain has proved divisive amongst the club’s fanbase
- Maguire silenced doubters with a solid performance in 2-2 draw with Villa
The United captain has been mercilessly mocked by supporters since the club slumped to a disappointing sixth-placed finish in the Premier League last season.
As the United squad was announced over the tannoy, the defender received a mixed reaction from his own club’s supporters, with a large section of boos still ringing out around the Optus Stadium in Perth.
Harry Maguire was jeered by the Manchester United fans in attendance against Aston Villa
The 29-year-old defender also received jeers when the Red Devils played Crystal Palace
The England international had also received a hostile reaction by the largely United-supporting Australian crowd when the club played Crystal Palace earlier this week, with jeers heard around the stadium every time he touched the ball.
Despite calls for Maguire to be stripped of the captaincy by some sections of the club’s fanbase ahead of the first season under the stewardship of new boss Erik ten Hag, the Dutchman quickly shrugged off suggestions to demote the £80million centre back.
‘Harry Maguire is the captain. He’s an established captain, he’s achieved a lot of success, so I don’t doubt this issue,’ Ten Hag said.
The new United boss later added: ‘Harry is really impressive and I expect a lot from him. I always see the captaincy as an issue that I dictate.
Jeers eventually turned to cheers as Maguire put in a solid display against Villa on Saturday
‘The team building for me is an important point and I always talk about a group of leaders. The captain is a really important one and I’m happy with him.’
Maguire repaid his new manager’s faith in him today with a solid performance at the heart of the team’s defence, producing a important interception to deny Villa an otherwise certain goal.
His impressive performance also seemed to have changed the opinion of the fans in attendance, with cheers ringing out whenever he touched the ball prior to being substituted just after the hour mark.
The game would ultimately end even in Perth, as second half strikes from Leon Bailey and Calum Chambers cancelled out United’s first-half two-goal lead.
New Manchester United boss Ten Hag has shown faith in his under-fire captain