Former Arsenal Player Backtracks On Criticism Of Harry Maguire

Wolves vs Manchester UnitedAugust 19, 2019

Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has backtracked on his criticism of the signing Harry Maguire.

The Sky pundit predicted the 26-year-old will struggle at the club. He branded the player’s record-breaking transfer fee as ridiculous.

However, the defender went on to produce a Man of the Match display in his first game for the Red Devils, helping United to keep a clean sheet in a 4-0 demolition of Chelsea.

Merson now admits his comments were ‘disrespectful’ as he looks to apologise to Maguire:

“I thought I was very critical of him if I’m being honest. I tried to get hold of him today and I will talk to him tomorrow as he texted me back.

“And I thought I was a bit critical if I’m being honest – I thought what I wanted to say did not really come across the way I thought it should have. I sort of did not really give him the credit he deserves of how good he is.

“So I was a bit disrespectful in that way. He has played in World Cup semi-finals, he is an international and I was out of order and I will be the first to admit that.”

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