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Fans mock Harry Maguire for ‘marking team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka’ for Southampton’s late equaliser

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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been widely mocked on social media after his bizarre role in Southampton‘s last-gasp equaliser on Monday.

The centre back, signed for £80million from Leicester last summer, appeared to have man-marked team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the stoppage time corner – leaving Michael Obafemi free to tap home.

And after United were dealt the blow in their chase for Champions League football, rival supporters have taken to Twitter to tear into the defender.

Manchester United star Harry Maguire has been widely mocked for some bizarre defending

Manchester United star Harry Maguire has been widely mocked for some bizarre defending

Manchester United star Harry Maguire has been widely mocked for some bizarre defending

Maguire appeared to have man-marked Aaron Wan-Bissaka for Southampton's late equaliser

Maguire appeared to have man-marked Aaron Wan-Bissaka for Southampton's late equaliser

Maguire appeared to have man-marked Aaron Wan-Bissaka for Southampton’s late equaliser

The hosts appeared set to secure all three points at Old Trafford after goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, but they were pegged back in bizarre fashion following some penalty area chaos. 

Footage shows Maguire with his arms around Wan-Bissaka, while the goal scorer Obafemi was allowed to ease the wrong side of Victor Lindelof behind him and prod home from a matter of inches. 

The England international is likely to have attempted to use his team-mate as leverage to steer a header away, but the moment of madness instead led to United having to settle for a share of the spoils.

The United captain's attempt for extra leverage failed with Michael Obafemi tucking home

The United captain's attempt for extra leverage failed with Michael Obafemi tucking home

The United captain’s attempt for extra leverage failed with Michael Obafemi tucking home

One user labelled Maguire ‘the more expensive version of (David) Luiz with a bigger head’ – referencing the under-fire Arsenal defender after his string of high-profile errors this season.

Another also alluded to Luiz and described his United counterpart as a ‘pub player’.

A third wrote: ‘Maguire has been shocking on every cross… did the same thing on Southampton’s first goal. Shambles of a defender.’ 

Maguire later admitted his disappointment with the setback and rued the lapse in concentration from the corner – which was made laid bare even further due to United’s recent resurgence.

He said: ‘We got control of the game, we had numerous chances to kill the game off, we weren’t at our best, there’s loads of areas we need to improve on, but we did enough to win the game. A set-play has killed us in the end.

‘Defending set-plays is something that we’ve improved on so much during this unbeaten run. At the start of the season we had a terrible record, conceding set-play after set-play and we’ve been really good on them lately.

‘We’re disappointed at the moment but we know we’ve got to dust ourselves down, we’ve got some big games coming up and we’ve got to go and get the three points.’

Maguire later admitted his disappointment after United dropped points in the top four chase

Maguire later admitted his disappointment after United dropped points in the top four chase

Maguire later admitted his disappointment after United dropped points in the top four chase

The defender also believes the home side failed to cope with Southampton’s energetic and physical style, which resulted in Stuart Armstrong firing home the opening goal after Paul Pogba was robbed of the ball.

‘They’re a team that’s got no pressure on them; coming to Old Trafford, no fans, playing pride in the league but can’t get relegated or can’t reach Europe,’ he added.

‘We knew they were going to press like mad, they jump like mad and we didn’t handle it well enough in the first 20 minutes.

‘We got ourselves back into the game, back where we wanted to be and then the second half was a bit of a slog but we weren’t good enough on the ball.’

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