Maguire is known as ‘Slab Head’ and really looks like he has concrete for brains

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The man known as 'Slab Head' looks like he must have concrete for brains.

Harry Maguire should have been looking back on the past few weeks of his life knowing he had a lot to thank Gareth Southgate for.

Friends have been hard for Maguire to find of late, in the wake of a tumultuous period that appears to have broken him.

The roof caved in on his world following his high-profile arrest in Greece.

He has appealed his conviction for aggravated assault and bribery that initially landed him with a suspended two-year prison sentence.

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But the episode has meant dark clouds have continued to hang over him since his return to these shores from a prison cell – and the high-profile life of being a Premier League superstar with Manchester United.

The truth is Maguire hasn't looked the same. In fact, he's looked anything but someone who became the world's most expensive defender when he joined United from Leicester in an £80m deal.

His start to the new domestic season has been wretched. United have conceded an astonishing 11 goals in their opening three league games and he has been to blame for most of them.

Six came in the 6-1 trouncing Tottenham dished out at Old Trafford before the international break, when Maguire defended like someone plucked from a pub team on a Sunday morning.

There were rumours of a dressing room bust-up with team-mate Bruno Fernandes, before United fans took to social media to call for him to be replaced as captain.

Joining up with England used to fill players with dread, but the privilege must have felt like a welcoming sanctuary to Maguire, even though he didn't deserve his invitation.

Waiting to put an arm around him was Southgate, who went on to pick Maguire in two of the three games as well as heap praise on him whenever the chance had arisen.

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Southgate, who had been forced to axe Maguire from his squad in September when news of his conviction came through, has been at pains to point out that the 27-year-old remains hugely integral to his plans to conquer Europe and then the world in the next two years.

But Southgate's faith has been proved blind and will now be tested to the limit, following Maguire's latest act of dimwittery in the shape of his shambolic sending off against Denmark last night.

Two yellow cards in the space of 31 mad minutes saw Maguire get his marching orders before half time. Both of his crude lunges could even have been straight reds.

People will ask the question, what was he thinking? But even the man himself might not know the answer, because his mind appears to have melted.

He looked ashen as he trooped from the field towards the dressing room and a shower.

Let's hope it was a cold one, because Maguire dropped his team right in it at Wembley, not to mention betray the trust Southgate had shown in him. As the weeks roll on, the case for his defence is looking, well, indefensible.

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