Harry Maguire reveals what Cristiano Ronaldo taught him in Manchester United’s dressing room

Manchester United’s Harry Maguire used Cristiano Ronaldo as an example for footballers to receive criticism. Maguire has dealt with extraordinary criticism over the past 18 months, but admitted that if Ronaldo can be criticized, so can anyone.

Maguire started out in defeats at Brighton and Brentford at the start of the season and has since been relegated to the bench at Old Trafford, with Erik ten Hag settling on Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martínez as first choice at centre-back.

Although the 29-year-old remains captain of the club, he is currently considered the fourth-choice central defender behind Victor Lindelof.

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Maguire has made just three Premier League appearances this season but still made up England’s World Cup squad and started in the opener against Iran, while he is also expected to reserve that role for the game with USA on Friday.

Before that match, Maguire discussed the criticism he had received and revealed the lesson Ronaldo had taught him.

“As a footballer nobody likes to be criticized, but I think it’s an integral part of the game,” said Maguire. “I’ve been playing with Cristiano Ronaldo for the past two years and he’s one of the greatest players to ever kick football.

“He gets criticized daily, so if it’s happening to him and the position I’m in for Manchester United, it’s going to happen to each and every one of us. You just have to work hard, go into training, do your best and that’s all you can do.”

Maguire also revealed his fitness and readiness to play for the United States on Friday after being substituted against Iran.

He added, “I have a lot of faith in myself. I go to the training ground, work as hard as I can, do my best, and this gives me the opportunity to perform at my best level.” “I want to play every week with my team and I will fight to get to where I want to be.

“I felt unwell during the second half [vs Iran] But I did all the appropriate tests and procedures and have been feeling pretty good ever since. I feel good and ready to go tomorrow.”

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