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Manchester United: Jamie Carragher accuses Harry Maguire of ‘not being brave enough’

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Jamie Carragher has blamed Harry Maguire for Everton‘s last-minute equaliser at Old Trafford on Saturday that has left Manchester United playing catch-up in the title race.

The Liverpool legend has accused the United captain of ‘not being brave enough’ and dropping too deep when defending a set piece that led to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal in the 3-3 draw.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had already blow a two-goal lead in the game and now find themselves five points behind leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been blamed for the draw with Everton

Jamie Carragher believes the defender was 'not brave enough' for Everton's late equaliser

Jamie Carragher believes Harry Maguire was ‘not brave enough’ for Everton’s late equaliser 

He believes Maguire was defending too deep for Dominic Calvert-Lewin's equaliser

He believes Maguire was defending too deep for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s equaliser

Carragher suggested that Maguire was taking on ‘too much responsibility’ but accepted that he was just as guilty of not holding the line during his playing days. 

‘Rafa Benitez used to be on at me, about free-kicks late in the game, constantly. I didn’t have the nerve to hold the line’, he said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football. 

‘I’d be that nervous about concending a goal, I’d think ‘I need to head this away’.

‘When you’re Harry Maguire in that position, and it’s the position I’d be in. When you’re at the back of the line – or certainly in the middle – and there’s bodies everywhere, some players are offside, some are making runs.

Maguire appeals in vain after Calvert-Lewin scored Everton's late equaliser at Old Trafford

Maguire appeals in vain after Calvert-Lewin scored Everton’s late equaliser at Old Trafford

‘A lot of the time you can’t see the ball. You’re jumping and jostling – and what I would do, which was a mistake all the time, was I’d want to drop two yards so I could almost see the ball. 

‘I almost think Harry Maguire has taken too much responsibility – and that’s what I used to do at times

‘I’d think I’d want to head the ball, “I’m that nervous I want to head this.” And you drop off a little bit and then go to attack it.

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

Rio Ferdinand also criticised Harry Maguire (left) for not leading the United team from the back

Rio Ferdinand also criticised Harry Maguire (left) for not leading the United team from the back

Rio Ferdinand also criticised United’s defensive structure for Everton’s late equaliser, saying: ‘I see Harry Maguire, you’ve got to lead that team from the back and make sure (mistakes) don’t happen.

‘I was fuming before the free-kick. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has to understand his game management at this time of the game.

‘Passing the ball inside, loose like that, to be cut out, is criminal. I would have been going nuts in that changing room, screaming.’

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