Hidden footage from Manchester United’s humilating defeat to Spurs on Sunday appears to show Harry Maguire backing the referee’s decision to send off Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman was sent off in the 28th minute after elbowing Erik Lamela before Spurs took a corner at the Stretford End.
Replays showed Lamela struck Martial first but the Frenchman fell for the Argentine’s trick and the winger dramatically hit the floor after the forward appeared to strike him in the face.
United’s players were furious with Anthony Taylor’s decision, especially given Lamela’s actions seemed equal to Martial’s. A host of players called for the incident to be reviewed via VAR, believing that Martial’s red would either be reduced to a yellow card [which Lamela received] or that the Argentine would also be sent off to make it 10 vs 10.
Footage from the game emerged on social media today and the absence of fans in the stands means much of what the players say on the pitch can be picked up.
Marcus Rashford is seen leading the protests and referring to Lamela’s actions he asks: ‘Nothing for that elbow?!’.
Once a yellow card is given to Lamela, Rashford protests further by claiming the incident was the same as Martial’s: ‘Why?! It’s the same!’
It’s then that Rashford and Maguire argue over the incident.
Maguire appears to back the referee’s decision by telling Rashford: ‘It’s not violent conduct they’ve checked’ but the forward responds: ‘He’s [Lamela] elbowed him!’
The United captain tells Rashford that the VAR review has been conducted but Rashford is still angry at the decision.
While Maguire was perhaps trying to calm Rashford down in order for him to keep his focus before United defend a corner, it’s not a great look for the under-fire captain that he appears to have failed to back one of his team-mates.
Maguire’s had a disastrous start to the season, both on and off the field.
The former Leicester City ace entered the season under a cloud of negativity after he was found guilty of several attempts of bribery and resisting arrest by Greek authorities, though he’s appealing the decision.
It’s Maguire’s performances on the pitch that are of a greater concern to supporters though.
The defender was at fault for Spurs’ opener in the humiliating 6-1 defeat and replays showed he actually brought down team-mate Luke Shaw in the box for Tanguy Ndombele to equalise.
The £80m defender was not the only performer that was well below par against Jose Mourinho’s side but he’s come in for fierce criticism for failing to lead the backline, who have conceded 11 goals in just three league matches so far this term.