Erik ten Hag praises Harry Maguire’s captaincy, insisting ‘he did a great job, he is a great player and achieved a lot with Manchester United’ – leaving many fans FURIOUS at the new boss’s backing for the beleaguered defender
- Erik ten Hag has hailed Harry Maguire as a ‘great player’ who’s done a ‘great job’
- The new Manchester United boss was asked if Maguire will remain club captain
- But fans reacted angrily to ten Hag’s positive comments about the centre half
The former Ajax boss, who will take over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford this summer, has given his first interview and specifically mentioned the defender.
When asked if Maguire would remain captain, ten Hag said: ‘Next season is a different season.
‘He did a great job, he is a great player, achieved a lot with a contribution to Manchester United. I’m looking forward to working with him.’
The 29-year-old England centre half has, fairly or unfairly, become synonymous with the club’s struggles, becoming the target of supporters’ ire for perceived underperformance since his £80million move from Leicester in summer 2019.
And fans quickly took to Twitter to blast ten Hag’s positive comments about the 42-cap international.
Man United’s Erik ten Hag has hailed Harry Maguire as a ‘great player’ who’s done a ‘great job’
But the new Red Devils boss was criticised for his positive comments about captain Maguire
One asked: ‘Did a great job? Great player? , Maguire? Is Ten Hag high?’, with another simply saying: ‘Ten Hag out’.
A third concluded: ‘Do you enjoy being lied to? (Ten Hag) just told you Harry Maguire is a great player that’s achieved a lot Wikipedia is free and will confirm this to be factually incorrect. Hope this helps’.
One questioned: ‘what’s he achieved? 4 relegations???’, followed by a crying emoji, as another added: ‘Believe that (ten Hag’s comments) at your own peril’.
Supporters (pictured) reacted angrily to ten Hag’s positive comments about the centre half
A sixth said: ‘What did he achieve exactly apart from our worst points tally in EPL history?’.
Another posted: ‘aight safe i thought ten hag was serious’.
Finally, one commented saying: ‘Here’s to hoping he shocks us and still gives the armband to someone else’.