Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Ince, has revealed that captain Harry Maguire has the confidence of England manager Gareth Southgate amid his lack of regular playing time at Old Trafford.
Ince also believes Maguire will bounce back from his recent decline in form.
Maguire has been criticized by many for his lacklustre performances recently in the UEFA Nations League and at Man United.
Defending the England international, Ince said (via Manchester Evening News): “I think Harry Maguire has been very good for England in the past. It’s difficult because the situation at the moment is he’s not playing for Manchester United, so he lacks that match-fit sharpness.”
He continued: “I think it’s tough because people are making him a scapegoat at the moment. We had the same situation with Raheem Sterling in the Euros. Now, some fans have moved on to Maguire, but you know, it’s nice as a player. I think it’s a case of, he’s going to be a little bit down because he is not playing for United – last year he was captaining the team week in, week out.”
“All he can do is fight, fight his way back in it. You have to fight to get your place. But one thing he does have is the confidence of Gareth, and Southgate’s always picked him, and I believe he will continue to. He should find a lot of confidence in that, and now he’s got to try and fight his way back into the United team before the World Cup starts.”
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