Donny van de Beek has leapt to the defence of Manchester United team-mate Harry Maguire after the captain was booed during the side’s win over Crystal Palace.
The Dutchman, who has faced his own critics since moving to Old Trafford, took the opportunity to defend the England international after jeers were echoed around the stadium in Melbourne whenever he touched the ball. His name was first booed when the player names were read out by the announcer and the noise of disdain continued whenever he touched the ball.
Maguire has been targeted by some sections of the United fanbase and media for his displays last season under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
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But Van de Beek has responded following the game, saying that Maguire had a decent game and such reaction for him was off the mark.
“I heard as well. I didn't know really what happened,” he said. “But I think if I saw the game today I think Harry was playing really well. He was aggressive, he got so many balls, so that means he has a big personality. He has a lot of experience, so I think that's positive what he [showed], his performance today.”
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United are enjoying a fruitful pre-season tour of Australia, with games against Aston Villa, Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano still to come. Against Palace, they secured a neat 3-1 win, with the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all getting their names on the scoresheet.
Fans would take some encouragement from that, given their attackers struggled for the most part last season, with the exception of Sancho, who was arguably the best of a bad bunch. Injuries did not help but the hope is that under the wing of Erik ten Hag, things are start to be improved upon.
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