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Jamie Carragher feels sorry for Harry Maguire

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Jamie Carragher has admitted he holds sympathy for Harry Maguire for his role in Everton’s equaliser against Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side drew 3-3 with Everton on Saturday, conceding in the 95th minute to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The goal came after a late free-kick wasn’t cleared and the Everton striker latched onto the ball ahead of David de Gea to net a dramatic equaliser.

De Gea and Maguire have received the brunt of the criticism for their roles in the goal, with the United captain pictured dropping much deeper than the defensive line to play the Everton striker onside, whilst De Gea didn’t cover himself in glory with a tentative attempt to block the ball.

However, as a fellow defender himself, Carragher has explained Maguire’s thought process going into the dying seconds at Old Trafford and why he has sympathy for the United skipper.

“So, we both agree they’re too deep. Harry Maguire has had a lot of criticism and the first bit of criticism, which I think is right, is that he’s a leader at the back, he’s got to decide where that line is,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“That line is wrong, it is wrong. The next piece that he’s got criticism for is that he’s playing people onside, I’ve got sympathy for him. He drops off and as the ball comes in, he’s behind everyone, so he is now playing the Everton players onside.

“The reason I have sympathy for him is because I can put myself in that position, and I’ll tell you why. Rafa Benitez used to be on at me about that, about free-kicks late in the game constantly.

“I didn’t have the nerve to hold the line, I’d be that nervous about conceding the goal and I’d think I’d get up and head it away. When you’re Harry Maguire in that position, when you’re at the back of the line and stand in the middle and there’s bodies everywhere, some players are offside, some players are making runs, a lot of the times you cannot see the ball.

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“You’re jumping and jostling and what I would do – which is a mistake – I’d want to drop two yards so I could almost see the ball and I almost think Harry Maguire has taken too much responsibility.

” I think that’s the mistake he’s made, he hasn’t been brave enough, but I can put myself in that situation.”

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