Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has sent a message of support to former club Sheffield United.
Maguire helped pile more misery on the Blades on Thursday night as his Man United team beat them 3-2 at Bramall Lane.
It’s now 12 defeats in 13 Premier League matches for the South Yorkshire side, who are rock bottom of the table with just one point.
Maguire played the full 90 minutes and wasn’t the only familiar face in the starting XI. Former loanee Dean Henderson also started in goal.
The centre-back still clearly has a lot of affection for his hometown club, who gave him his first chance in professional football.
Maguire came through the Blades academy and played 166 times for the first team before leaving for Hull City in 2014.
Moves to Leicester City and Old Trafford have since followed. The 27-year-old become the most expensive defender ever with the £80m fee (BBC Sport) the Red Devils paid for him.
After helping to beat them, Maguire has now offered his support to his former team.
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The message to “keep battling” may seem a little cliche, but it’s something that should definitely be taken on board.
The bizarre thing about the Blades’ current position is that haven’t been completely awful. Defeats to Chelsea and Southampton were humbling, but are two of only three occasions they’ve been beaten by more than one goal this season.
Losses to Aston Villa, Leeds United, West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion could easily have gone the other way. A lack of potency in attack has let them down.
There was therefore some glimmers of hope for the Blades against Man United, as they scored two goals in a game for the first time this campaign.
David McGoldrick netted both of them, taking his tally for 2020/21 to five in all competitions. That already beats his entire haul from last term.
They did also concede three goals for the second fixture running, though, which is troubling. The sturdy defence that last term’s ninth place finish was built on is in disarray.
It can’t be denied there are major issues at the club. But as Maguire says – “keep battling”.