Is there a lifeline for England's best?

In his last season at Leicester, Harry had many suitors vying for his signature. A centre back who had shown a lot of potential it was no suprise that when Manchester United came knocking on Leicester's door they got their man. England best centre back who switched from the Foxes to the Red side of Manchester for a world record fee for a defender. Expectations were high and most fans thought United had finally gotten their "Rio".


It took no time for Harry to make an impression on the manager then Solskjaer as he was handed the biggest responsibility any Manchester United player could get. Fairly new to the club Harry Maguire was named permanent captain of the club which meant he had joined a group of elites such as Beckham, Keane, Giggs, Rooney and more. An appointment that came with a lot of responsibilities. Harry had to make sure he was examplary and had to repay the faith that the manager had put in him. First season saw Harry create one of the best centre back partnerships in Europe with Victor Lindelof despite a covid interupted season. In his second season despite United's early exit from the Uefa Champions League, United managed to go all the way and play the Europa final in Gdanski which they lost on penalties to the Spanish yellow submarine Villareal. Harry Maguire missed the game through injury and many thought he was a big factor as to why United lost the final as they had to settle for an unfamiliar centre back pairing. His absence was surely felt.


Roll on to this season, a season filled with so many negatives despite Manchester United acquiring the services of Cristiano Ronaldo one of the greatest players to play the game, Raphael Varane a multiple Champions League winner and Jadon Sancho. United had to part ways with their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer due to poor results. A manager who had handed Harry with the responsibility of one of the most coverted roles in English football, Ole left mid-season. This was a blow to Harry and it did not help because as a whole, the team never got its mojo back despite hiring an interim manager to replace Ole. Manchester United had become the perfect example of inconsistency and Harry performances dropped game by game with him in the headlining papers every other weekend for errors leading to goals. A captain who was supposed to lead the club to help turn around its fortunes was failing. His weaknesses being exposed by opposition teams which led to more scrutiny. At a time when nothing was going right for the club, Harry became the scapegoat and in some instances he was found wanting. Succumbing to pressure he got poorer and it became a terrible season for him. The fan base applied pressure for him to be dropped but he kept on being thrown on the firing line starting games whilst in bad form. One would have thought this was a time when he would have probably excused himself calling for some time out, finding a way to take himself away from all the heat just to avoid the fan and media outburst that was going on. Antonio Valencia even switched jersey numbers from the iconic 7 to an unpopular 25. Harry probably thought the best decision was to make himself available but on the pitch it was showing that mentally he was not in the game, making mistakes and showing lapses of concetration. It was not the Harry Maguire everybody knew. A decision to take him out should have been made to protect him. This made fans livid seeing him starting games whilst other players were not getting the chance to play. The love between the fans ended and it was now evident as the fanbase were calling him to be stripped off the captaincy. It got worse for Harry as on international duty, he got booed too. England's best defender being called out. This is how the world saw him and even if Harry had a good game fans had already turned a blind eye on him.


With the news that Manchester United had appointed a new permanent that Erik Ten Hag one would have thought it will be a clean slate for most of the players and Harry too but already the rumour mill is linking Manchester United with new top centre backs around Europe. To add, talks of the new incoming manager appointing his own new permanent captain next season have surfaced in the media circles. Harry in his mind knowing how well surrounded he is with those winners, experienced and better performing players surely knows that armband maybe taken away from him soon. So many questions will be asked about Harry when the season ends. Whether he has a future at Manchester United next season it remains to be seen. Surely Harry can agree that this has to be the worst season in his football career. A season which he would wish to forget.

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