2022 – ‘There’s a Line, We’re Humans’: Maguire addresses threats and shouts | Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire has opened up about his miserable season, insisting he will recover, starting with the highly anticipated English Nations League programme, which begins on Saturday.

The Manchester United captain was mocked by his fans at club and international level as his form deteriorated. But the 29-year-old defense attorney explained that the April 20 bomb threat on his family’s home was completely exaggerated. “There’s a line,” McGuire said.

“We’re human. I have a family. People ask if it affects me. My mentality is that it doesn’t affect me that much, but when it comes to bombing threats, it’s more about family.”

“I’m glad my kids are at an age where they don’t read or watch the news anymore. When my kids were older, they could see things and go to school and people were talking about it. Then it affects you a little bit more.”

“I am in a situation where I am being criticized. Manchester United paid a huge amount of money for me. It is one of the most famous clubs in the world and also one of the most hated clubs in the world.

We know we are the most scrutinized. I accept criticism when we compromise goals or make mistakes. I’m old enough to accept people who stand on my back and say I can get better.”

The bomb threat came the day after United’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool and prompted Cheshire Police to return to search property as a precaution.

The previous month, Maguire’s late move in United’s Champions League elimination to Atletico Madrid was welcomed by some Old Trafford backers and in his next match – with England against Ivory Coast in March – he was booed by some fans at Wembley.

“I had a great time with him [England] The fans and I won’t allow the minority – I don’t know how many there were, 10-20 people doing that in the Ivory Coast match – “It affects my relationship with them,” Maguire said. “I was a little shocked. I wouldn’t say I was injured and upset. I know my family and friends were affected, but I was somewhat surprised.”

England manager Gareth Southgate described Harry Maguire’s booing after March’s win in Ivory Coast as an “absolute joke”. Photo: Eddie Keogh/FA/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate, the England manager who has always backed Maguire, called the boos an “absolute joke” and said other players may be wondering if they will be the next for that kind of treatment and wondering if they will keep calling. In England’s bad days, some players were reluctant to sign up for international duty.

Maguire said: “There were a lot of young people on the team that day, a lot of young people in the stands, a lot of kids watching and aspiring to grow up and be English footballers, so they hear that for someone who’s been a big part of the journey over the years. The past five, so sad to see.

“Maybe it has to do with her [the young England players]. So it was a little disappointing. We talked about it as a group. But I’m sure there will still be many good times when English fans will show their support and love once again.

“I’m my biggest critic. Although there are many critics, I’m actually still my biggest! My dad is probably the next biggest.”

“If it had happened earlier in my career, I would have struggled that night. But I am 29, have gone through many ups and downs and have learned to deal with it through experience. I am sure I will play my best again very soon.”

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June 4 Hungary vs England, 5pm, Puskas Arena
June 7 Germany-England, 7.45pm, Allianz Arena
June 11 England – Italy, 7.45 pm, Molino
June 14 England – Hungary, 7.45 pm, Molino

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Maguire, who said he has yet to speak to new United boss Eric ten Hag, has not fought back in the club’s poor season.

“You can see in the end that the trust was not there,” he said. “We can look at individual performances but not every player has reached a certain level…except for Cristiano [Ronaldo] with his goals.

“But if you look at individual performance, it’s hard to play in a team when we weren’t good enough together.

“Football is my life. I take care of every day at the club. To finish it the way it happened – sixth place in the league, coming out of the cups in the games we were supposed to win… It was disappointing from start to finish.”

England is preparing for the Nations League match against Hungary (Saturday) and Germany away (next Tuesday), then Italy (June 11) and Hungary at home (June 14), in their penultimate meeting before the start of the World Cup in Qatar. On November 21.

Maguire was told that given his level, it was a good thing for him that the final would not start in his usual place in June.

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He replied, “It is fair to say.” “After the season we played, all the Manchester United players… I mean, now I’m just here in the team. Are we among the favorites for the World Cup? Sure and it’s true.

In the semi-finals against Croatia in Russia [in 2018]We had the talent to win that match but we didn’t have the mentality or the faith.

“The most important thing now is that we have a lot of players playing in big European matches for their clubs week after week and fighting for the biggest trophies. This experience is crucial in tournaments.

“We were penalty kicks away from winning the biggest pressure in football – the Euros at Wembley [last summer]. If we can handle that, I’m sure we can handle the pressure of the World Cup.”