The center-back said that “people do not want us to do well,” implying that the bad start of the club to the league season has been overplayed by the poor start of the club.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire says that much of the criticism of the club is borne out of jealousy.
After a start to the campaign that sees the Red Devils firmly stuck in the lower half of the Premier League table, with three losses from their opening seven matches, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds himself under pressure. They would have provided the worst start to a league season in 30 years had they not registered a 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday.
Maguire insists, however, that the team is facing criticism because of the club’s stature.
“One thing I’ve found in my time here at this club-I’ve been here for a year and a half-is that we ‘re the most talked-about club in the world,” he told the club’s media. “Why? Why? Why? Since we are the world’s largest club. People don’t want to do well with us. About why? Possibly because of the success in the past we’ve had.
We have to live up to it, we have to respond to it, and we don’t let the negatives get inside the training ground into our bubble. It’s rough for the lads sometimes.
After the 2-1 midweek loss to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League, the United defence was the target of criticism, but Maguire and his cohorts in the back four were lauded by Solskjaer on Saturday for his efforts.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with his timing in the air, his leap, his spring and his agility, said the United boss,” I thought Harry’s success was top against, for me, one of the best in the world in aerial play. “I thought we stood very well against him as a backline.
United will return to Premier League action with a home encounter against West Brom after the international break, then a crucial Champions League match with Basaksehir at Old Trafford.
United are ranked 14th in the Premier League with 10 points from their opening seven fixtures.
Maguire, meanwhile, hopes to be involved in the UEFA Nations League with England when they face Ireland in a friendly, then Belgium and Iceland.