By Alex McLeish

15th Jan, 2022 | 10:00am

Ex-manager unhappy at Maguire treatment as journalist details Man United dressing room mutiny

Alex McLeish has defended Harry Maguire amid reports of a dressing room rift at Manchester United.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted fans should not point the finger of blame at the 28-year-old for the Red Devils’ issues this season.

Speaking on Darren Bent’s Boot Room on talkSPORT (Sunday, 9 January), journalist Alex Crook revealed he has been told of a split in the Manchester United dressing room.

He claims there is a divide growing between the Portuguese-speaking players and the rest of the squad.

Football Insider revealed earlier this month (1 January) Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are also at loggerheads after the former’s arrival last summer.

McLeish admitted Maguire has taken a lot of flak over the off-field issues.

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However, he suggested it is not the centre-back’s fault.

Asked if certain players need to stand up and show some leadership, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Of course. You need players who are going to be vocal.

“You’ll get some leaders even who lead by example and don’t talk all the time. But you’ve also go the leaders who do talk and do lead in the game.

“That’s probably not quite there at Man United at this particular moment.

“We’re still to see a Man United side with the quality of the Keane’s, the Schole’s, these kind of players.

“I know Harry Maguire has been out injured for a couple of games. For the first couple of years he has done really well. People are pointing the finger at him, I don’t think you can do that.

“I really believe that they’ll need somebody like that to get them back towards a level we’re used to seeing Man United at.”

Maguire has missed Man United’s last two games with an abdominal injury.

He has played 20 times across all competitions this season.

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