Police are investigating a bomb scare at Harry Maguire’s home following a demand for the defender’s removal as Manchester United captain

Harry Maguire and his family have been left ‘extremely shaken’ as Cheshire Police investigate a bomb threat at the Manchester United star’s home.

Sniffer dog units have been deployed to the England international’s residence, following a threatening message left in Maguire which the police are taking seriously.

Police are taking the threat against Maguire and his family seriously

According to The Sun, the threat took the form of an email warning that a bomb would be planted in Maguire’s family home, where he lives with his fiancee Fern Hawkins and their two daughters.

It is said that searches for a device are in progress.

A spokesperson for Maguire reportedly said: “Over the past 24 hours, Harry has received a serious threat to his family home.

“He reported this to the police who are currently investigating the matter. The safety of his family and those around him is obviously Harry’s number one priority.

“He will continue to prepare for this weekend’s game as usual and we won’t be commenting in more detail at this time.”

The report adds that Manchester United players regularly receive death threats on social media, but the extreme nature of the emailed message means Cheshire Police are taking this latest threat more seriously.

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The bomb scare comes after Maguire was the target of a petition from a disgruntled Manchester United fan demanding the centre-back be stripped of the captain’s armband.

The Red Devils squad as a whole have faced heavy criticism throughout a disappointing season, which came to a head after a 4-0 loss to rivals Liverpool on Tuesday in a game that highlighted the huge gap between the two clubs.

Things appear to be looking up, however, now the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the next permanent head coach has been confirmed, with the Ajax manager set to take over from caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick this summer.

But that hasn’t stopped criticism from mounting at club captain Maguire, who in particular has drawn extreme criticism for his individual performances in a United shirt.

The petition has – at the time of writing – reached over 34,000 signatures.

Police are investigating a bomb scare at Harry Maguire's home following a demand for the defender's removal as Manchester United captain
United fans demand Maguire be stripped of club captaincy
Police are investigating a bomb scare at Harry Maguire's home following a demand for the defender's removal as Manchester United captain
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Maguire was booed by England fans while playing for the Three Lions against the Ivory Coast, although this was followed by a show of support from Red Devils fans on his return to the club.

However, it seems that this feeling did not last long.

A message from the author of the petition read: “Dear Man Utd fans, we are sick of this $80m flop parading as captain. The very fact that he cost $80m of books is a sham and a victory on the seller’s side.

“The club is for the people and the people have spoken! Stripping Harry Maguire of the club captaincy is a step in the right direction for our rise. If possible, sell it too.

“Our patience is exhausted! Enough is enough. Make Manchester United even better. Listen to the fans! Sign the petition.

“From, Concerned Fan.”

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