Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has vehemently denied claims that the club’s fans have booed immediate former captain Harry Maguire following a difficult spell on the pitch.
Speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Sheffield United, ten Hag said the fans have been very supportive and he has never heard them booing the England international.
“I haven’t heard it, not in England. I think all of the fans were supportive of us in the game against Brentford,” Ten Hag said.
Harry Maguire’s mum reacts to son’s criticism
Last month, Zoe Maguire strongly condemned the negative and abusive comments directed at her son, denouncing those who have subjected him to undue pressure as “appalling.”
The 30-year-old faced a barrage of boos during England’s 3-1 victory over Scotland in a friendly match at Hampden Park on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
“As a mother, witnessing the extent of negative and abusive comments directed at my son by certain fans, pundits, and the media is disgraceful and completely unacceptable,” she said.
When he came on as a substitute in the second half, Maguire was met with jeers, and his introduction was also questioned by pundits.
In an unfortunate turn of events, the center-back scored an own-goal in the 67th minute, marking his second appearance this season.
“It pains me to see him go through this, and I wouldn’t want any other parents or players to experience this in the future, particularly the young boys and girls trying to make their mark today,” she added.
Following the victory over Scotland, England manager Gareth Southgate labelled the treatment of Maguire as a “ridiculous situation,” while the player himself stated that he was mentally strong enough to handle it.