Maguire will be ‘rested in compassionate terms’ against Arsenal

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been the target of criticism and abuse among fans online following questionable performances on the pitch this season, but things took a worrying turn earlier this week when the police were called to his home due to a bomb threat. seriously by Maguire and his family.

A spokesperson said on Thursday that Maguire planned “to prepare for this weekend’s match as normal” as he and United prepared for Saturday’s game against Arsenal. However, Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic reported on Friday that United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick is now preparing to drop Maguire from the starting line-up for Saturday’s decisive clash in the battle for the top four places in the league table. the Premier League and a place in the UEFA Champions League next season. competition.

Maguire, 29, struggled in last Tuesday’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of rivals Liverpool and is now said to be ready to “be rested in compassionate terms”. His status as a substitute this weekend is unclear.

Whitwell adds that Maguire now has an additional security presence around him following the bomb threat. He lives with his fiancée and their two children.

“No evacuation has taken place, but as a precautionary measure a police explosive dog attended the address this afternoon, Thursday 21st April, to carry out a search of the gardens and surrounding area,” said Cheshire Police explained on Thursday.

Arsenal head into the weekend fifth in the table on 57 points, level with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur but trailing on goal difference. United are sixth with 54 points.

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