Roy Keane has pulled no punches in his assessment of Manchester United defender Harry Maguire for his celebration in England’s game against Albania.
The out of form United skipper nodded home the opening goal from Reece James’ cross before wheeling away cupping his ears sliding towards the corner flag amid criticism for his recent displays.
Other pundits on ITV’s coverage, Ian Wright and Jermain Defoe, were also in agreement that the actions from the defender were uncalled for.
Harry Kane’s first-half hat-trick ensured Gareth Southgate’s side cruised in to half-time 5-0 up at Wembley Stadium, but as the two sides set up for the second half it was the actions following the opener that caused a stir.
The criticism of the defender comes after Manchester United’s torrid spell of form that has seen them win just one of their last six Premier League games.
Keane, who hasn’t been shy to criticise Maguire, lamented the United man after scoring his sixth goal for the Three Lions.
“When a player scores puts his hands to his ears he’s like shutting the critics up, but I think that’s embarrassing, he’s been a disgrace to Man United. He thinks he scores there he’s shut his critics up, embarrassing,” he said during ITV’s coverage of the World Cup qualifying clash.
Former Arsenal forward, Wright, didn’t take too kindly to the celebration either, sending a message to the United man:
“I don’t think he needs to do it,” he added.
“It’s something I would’ve done but you look at it now and think you don’t need to do that because you’ve got a lot of football to play. Don’t give them the opportunity to say we’ve got to them, just play your game Harry.”
Defoe concluded: “You don’t need to do it, he’s scored the goal, it’s a good goal. What it does do is put a sour taste in people’s mouths, they don’t like that. What it does is give them an opportunity to wait for that bad performance to have a go at him.”
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