England national team coach Gareth Southgate has blamed Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag for Harry Maguire’s drop in form.
Southgate said how Maguire is being handled at Manchester United is different and novel.
The 29-year-old was dropped from the United starting eleven following defeats to Brighton and Brentford at the beginning of the season.
Ten Hag now favors the combination of summer signing Lisandro Martinez and Varane in his central defence.
The decision to take Maguire off the starting eleven and relegate him to the bench appears to be paying off as Man United have won their last four games on the bounce, including victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.
“But, for some reason there’s a big agenda with Harry Maguire and a big agenda against him,” Southgate told Channel 4.
“I’ve never known a player receive the sort of treatment that he has.
“He’s been a crucial part of us getting to a World Cup semi-final, he was named in the Team of the Tournament at the Euros.
“He knows what we think of him. He’s been, basically across that period, our most important defender.”