Harry Maguire believes he is “under a lot more scrutiny” with Manchester United than with England as the centre-back continues to impress at the World Cup.
The Red Devils skipper has been a standout performer for Gareth Southgate’s side at Qatar 2022, starting all four of their games so far and helping them to three clean sheets.
It makes a stark contrast to the defender, who has struggled at club level for the past season and a half and has been dropped as first choice under new boss Erik ten Hag amid an injury lay-off.
Maguire himself has few complaints, admitting that United were well below par in the final term and said he feels he is more under the microscope at Old Trafford than with the Three Lions.
“At Manchester United, I’m much more under control,” he added. “Everything I do is analyzed. Every pass I make is analyzed. Every goal we score is a defender’s fault.
“If you play week in and week out like I did for three years, the last year hasn’t been good enough. Everyone in the team hasn’t played well enough, and we’ve been under a lot of scrutiny as players.”
With Ten Hag, however, United have overcome a shaky start – and the Cristiano Ronaldo saga – to head into the World Cup stoppage looking their best for two years.
Maguire is delighted to see change, even if it is down the pecking order, and is relishing the chance to fight his way back into the Dutchman’s thinking.
“No one came out of the season with plaudits, so it was a general theme of the team last season, but this season has been much better,” he added.
“This is the first year I’ve actually sat on the bench for a few games. Obviously I got injured as well, a thigh injury that kept me out for four weeks, but I’ll fight to get my place back.”
Maguire is expected to line up when England take on reigning champions France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.