Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has admitted that some of his teammate struggles with the pressure of playing for the club, as the scrutiny over the Red Devils inconsistent form continues.
The 27-year-old has endured a testing time himself of late, with his public off the field woes combined with a wretched run of form that culminated in a first-half red card while on England duty last month.
The central defender’s form coincided with a shaky opening to the season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man United, with them yet to win at home in the Premier League this season, while they’ve picked up just three wins out of seven in the league so far.
That poor set of results has once again put pressure on Solskjaer, with rumours of a move to replace him with Mauricio Pochettino hotting up. Despite such rumours, United were once again able to find a win when they needed it most, with a convincing 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday that saw Maguire look somewhat back to his best.
Such inconsistency has led many pundits and fans alike to question the attitude of the United squad and Maguire himself even revealed that some of his teammates find it difficult to cope with the pressure of playing for such a talked about club.
‘At this club one thing I’ve noticed in my time here – I’ve been here a year and a half – is we are the most talked-about club in the world,’ Maguire told MUTV.
‘Why? Because we are the biggest club in the world. People don’t want us to do well. Why? Probably because of the success we’ve had in the past.
‘We have to live up to that, we have to react to it and don’t let the negatives get into our bubble inside the training ground. Sometimes it is difficult for the lads.’
After a deeply disappointing week for the Red Devils, having lost at home to Arsenal before suffering a shock defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek, a win at Goodison Park was a good reaction from United, according to Maguire.
‘We reacted well to two poor results. We felt we were on the right track after Leipzig (a 5-0 win) and we let ourselves down against Arsenal (last Sunday).
‘It wasn’t good enough as a performance. In the week again we gave them a soft goal and found it too hard to create chances to come back.
‘We knew this was an important game to get three points. We reacted well but it is only a start.’