Ex-Chelsea star delivers powerful message in support of Harry Maguire ahead of England vs Germany

Former Chelsea star Nemanja Matic has labelled the trolls Harry Maguie gets on social media as a “disaster”.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United star Nemanja Matic says a line has been crossed with the amount of abuse Manchester United captain Harry Maguire gets on social media.

The Serbian midfielder spent a large part of his five years at Manchester United with Harry Maguire and has observed from close range and even now that he’s in Rome how captain Maguire has been made a scapegoat in most of United’s challenges.

The 29-year-old Manchester United captain started England’s defeat to Italy despite not being a regular at his club side which has drawn criticism from a section of the English fans.

Nemanja Matic looks on with Harry Maguire of Manchester United during the Premier League match (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Some feel he is being made to look like a clown with everything he does on the pitch at the moment - and that has not helped his confidence in recent times.

There is a chance Maguire could leave United in January in search of regular game time but his former teammate Nemanja Matic, who he spent three years with, says it’s a “disaster” how people are treating the England defender - especially ahead of the World Cup.

He told the Times Sport: “What people are doing to him, it is a disaster.

“Everything has to have limits and some of these people writing on social media, they don’t have their own lives so they just have to write bad things about someone else.”

After the game against Italy, Maguire himself insinuated that he was a target to most trolls because he was Manchester United captain and pays little attention to what is written about him on social media.

Maguire told talkSPORT:  ”I am all good, ready to play, I feel fit and fresh on my form, I don’t know what has been said, I don’t really read about it.

“I came off the back of three positive games with England in the summer, and a good pre-season, I felt really good.

“Obviously, the manager [Erik ten Hag] decided to leave me out for a game, and the team have been winning since.

“I am not concentrating on anybody else and what people are saying I think if people can make a story about me, I am Manchester United captain, it is going to make big news. 

“So, that is the reason they do it, they like the clicks, and things like that, but I went into the Euros after an eight-week injury, and did not play one game, and got into the team of the tournament.

“In terms of rustiness, and things like that, I am sure that won’t happen.”