Nemanja Matic has come to the defense of Harry Maguire amid criticism his former Manchester United team-mate has received.
Maguire has been a huge target for criticism for the Red Devils, with the defender finding himself on Erik ten Hag’s bench in recent weeks.
Despite being out in the cold at Old Trafford, Maguire started for England against Italy in the Nations League, a game the Three Lions lost 1-0.
While all players must learn to accept criticism, Matic believes his former teammate took more than he deserved
He told The Times: “What people are doing to him is a disaster.
“Everything has to have limits and some of these people who write on social media don’t have lives of their own, so they just have to write bad things about someone else.”
One expert who rarely hesitates to give his opinion on Maguire or any other Manchester United player is Roy Keane, but according to Matic the former midfielder needs to remember that times have changed since he captained the Red Devils.
He said: “I have respect for what he has done but he has to understand that football has changed.
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“If I played for Chelsea, I can’t say I hate them. I can’t be angry when I talk to the press after the game.
“The way he behaved on the pitch, 70% of it is a red card today.
“You can’t throw a punch when all the cameras in the world are there.
“The real hero is when you go out on the street and say something, but he’s always been really nice to me, so what he says in public, to be honest, I don’t care.
“I know what I’ve done in my career and I’m very happy.”
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