By Paul Robinson

10th Jan, 2022 | 7:00pm

Pundit makes 'honest' Maguire claim as 'private' Man United conversations revealed

Paul Robinson fears Man United captain Harry Maguire has opened himself up to more criticism by speaking publicly about the club’s struggles.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and England number one said “apologies for bad performances don’t go far” with fans.

As quoted by club media (8 January), Maguire told the Sunday newspapers the dressing room is together and determined to turnaround their season.

The centre-half revealed he’s held “private conversations” with staff and players about the recent downturn in form.

It comes after this site revealed (1 January) that Man United stars are at loggerheads in the dressing room.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his reaction to Maguire’s interview, Robinson said:

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“A lot of players are talking more now and using social media to interact with the fans.

“But at the end of the day, apologies for bad performances don’t go very far. You have to do your talking on the pitch.

“It is difficult as a player when you are not playing well. It is not something you enjoy, that’s for sure.

“The fans do not want to hear that you are sorry though. They want to see you put things right on the field.

“Let’s be honest, if you keep talking publicly about improving your form and then don’t deliver on a matchday, you are opening yourself up to more criticism. In this situation, I think less talking is needed.”

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