Former Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Wart took the opportunity to dig up Harry Maguire once again, before Manchester United’s morale-boosting victory over Villarreal on Tuesday evening.
The Dutchman has a history of blaming the United captain and heading into the club’s major Champions League clash, where a win ensures his passage to the knockout stages, and he never misses a chance to do so again.
The game itself will see Maguire reinvent his old form, with the outside scoring a major clean sheet in the 2-0 win courtesy of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
United’s first match since the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Soulsjer, there were very few negatives to reflect on in the immediate aftermath.
But before kicking the ball, van der Wart once again stepped up to his old tricks.
First, he branded Maguire “really s ***” on live TV, with the iconoclastic pundits later claiming that the English were no more influential than some Dutch amateur players.
“I talk a lot about Harry Maguire, so I try to avoid him. But he’s really s ** t. I say this very often,” the 38-year-old remarked indifferently on Dutch TV channel. Ziggo Sports.
“I can’t escape the fact that United paid him € 90 million. That’s what he was worth! Where did they find him? You can find players like him in any amateur club in Holland.”
The 28-year-old has been in terrible form so far this season, but before that, he showed his worth in Gareth Southgate’s England squad at last summer’s European Championships.
Maguire has previously starred alongside John Stones Three lions, Who reached the finals of the competition for the first time.
And yet, even these performances for the national team were not enough to convince Van der Wort, who was mocked at the former Leicester City man.
According to TalkSport, last summer, pundits said: “Maguire goes home every day and tells his wife: ‘I’m bad, but I earn too much. They really believe I’m good.’ I really feel like, he laughs at everyone.
Maguire certainly has his fair share of detractors, but he had the last laugh in Spain yesterday evening – and a clean sheet to show for his efforts.