Manchester United captain Harry Maguire admitted the team has been under criticism recently and they have to show they have what it takes to pull off a shirt.
The Red Devils suffered their first defeat under interim manager Ralph Rangnick on Monday night with a Premier League home defeat by Wolves.
United’s meek performance was followed by reports of a bad mood inside the dressing room, and the former defender branded TV pundit Gary Neville as “a bunch of wing-bags” during half-time of the 1–1 draw. Did. Struggling Newcastle.
Maguire knows players need to do better as they prepare to return to action in the FA Cup third round against Aston Villa on Monday night.
Maguire told national newspapers in an interview published on www.manutd, “I have clearly seen a lot of criticism and a lot is justified, but for me, with this team, the criticism is needed to motivate the players.” Shouldn’t be.” com.
“If players of this quality are not motivated to play for this club when they pull off the shirt, then something is wrong.”
I’m sick of repeating myself but it can’t continue like this – we need to go on a proper race from MondayHarry Maguire
Maguire said: “We get what the fans and former players have said.
“Like I just said, a lot of it is fair and we all have to take a bigger responsibility, having ourselves as captain as much, if not more. We have to start playing well and win.
“This team finished second last year and this year we have a better and bigger team, so we have to show the right attitude.
“We have big players in the team; leaders. I’m sick of repeating myself, but it can’t continue like this – we need to go on a proper race from Monday.”
Maguire is expecting a response, but turned down suggestions of disharmony in the dressing room.
“We are all furious and want to do our best,” said the England defender, who has probably come out on the pitch several times, but the team spirit is good, regardless of what people say.
“Being a professional footballer, you have to take criticism on the chin and react well to it.
“At the same time, you sometimes have to ignore outside noise and just put your head down (in training).
“We know that if we can produce a series of outcomes then everything else will fix itself.”
Maguire says the team has no doubts about what standards are expected.
“I am the captain and leader in the dressing room and I have had private conversations with the players and the management which will remain private,” he said.
“Make no mistake about it, I’m here for the fight and I know my teammates are. I expect them to be and if they’re not – like I said – something is wrong.
“We have a big squad. Of course, not all players will always be happy because they’re not playing but that’s football and we all have to stay professional.”
Maguire, a former Leicester defender, said: “I came here to win the title. I could have signed elsewhere, but I wanted to stay at United and help them get back into the club’s winning ways in the Sir Alex (Ferguson) era.” wanted to do.
“If we all stay together it will come. I grew up liking Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic – and I want to reiterate what they have achieved.
“I am privileged to be the captain and I have got the responsibility to lead the players and turn things around.”