Redknapp criticises Harry Maguire for missing sitter against Newcastle

‘It’s hard to give him an excuse to be honest’: Jamie Redknapp criticises Manchester United defender Harry Maguire for missing sitter in first half against Newcastle

  • Harry Maguire headed wide a golden chance in Man Utd’s clash with Newcastle
  • Maguire’s header was United’s only clear cut chance in a dismal half of football
  • Jamie Redknapp was critical of Maguire’s wastefulness from just a few yards out

Jamie Redknapp criticised Harry Maguire after he missed a sitter during the first half of Manchester United’s clash with Newcastle on Sunday.

Maguire headed wide Ashley Young corner-kick from just a matter of yards out, on the stroke of half-time, despite being unmarked.

It was United’s only opportunity of note in another dismal half of football against a Newcastle side sat second bottom of the Premier League.

Jamie Redknapp criticised Harry Maguire after he headed wide a golden chance on Sunday

Maguire shows his frustration after heading wide Ashley Young’s corner-kick from close range

Maguire was forced into action in defence to block Miguel Almiron’s first half shot

At half-time Redknapp had harsh words for Maguire: ‘He just gets the wrong side of Schar, who’s ball watching,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘That’s an open goal. It just skids off his head. 

‘Sometimes it happens when the ball’s a bit slippery. It’s hard to give him an excuse to be honest, because for someone so good in the air you’d expect him to bury that one.’ 

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was again forced to pick a weakened starting XI following a spate of injuries to several of his key players.

Paul Pogba remains on the sidelines with an ankle injury which has kept him out since the club’s 1-1 draw with Southampton. 

Anthony Martial was also absent for the trip to St James’ Park as he continues to recovery from a hamstring injury which has forced him to miss six matches. 

There was also no place in the squad for Luke Shaw, who is also sustained a hamstring injury against Crystal Palace, which is expected to keep him out for six weeks. 


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