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Roy Keane worried for Harry Maguire with massive put-down, as captain comes clean on Man Utd failings

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Roy Keane claims Harry Maguire is playing for his future not just as captain but as a Manchester United player.

The Red Devils captain has endured a tough old season after some poor performances both collectively and as a whole. Indeed, Keane has been one of his biggest critics with several choice words over his and United’s displays. With six games left in the season, United have a huge battle on their hands to even qualify for the Champions League.

And given the cost of both £80m Maguire and his United teammates, that is simply not good enough.

Indeed, United have conceded 44 goals already  – a tally which already matches last season’s efforts. And as things stand, they are on course for their worst defensive season in 40 years.

Now, ahead of Tuesday night’s crucial clash at Liverpool, Keane has once again roasted the United skipper.

“It’s been a tough season for the team and Harry has not played well enough,” Keane told Sky Sports. “He’s used the word pride and we need to see more of that because you’re going to lose matches. But the way United have lost some matches this year they’ve not shown enough pride.

Defender urged to raise his game

“It’s been hard for Harry Maguire. When you’re trying to lead a group, and it looks like they’re not a great group, they don’t look like they’ve got real fight and desire when things are going against them. That’s why you fear for them tonight if they concede the first goal.”

Reports have suggested Maguire faces the axe as Manchester United captain with incoming boss Erik ten Hag reportedly ready to make the call.

Discussing Maguire’s future, Keane has challenged the England man to raise his game.

“Is Harry playing for his future? He’s got to do better himself,” Keane added. “If you want to be a decent captain you’ve got to be at the top of your game and you hope the rest of them follow. He’s not been good enough and the team haven’t been good enough.”

Harry Maguire knows it’s not been good enough

Maguire himself has at least fronted up to his and the Manchester United failings.

In an interview with Sky Sports prior to the match, he admits they have let themselves down this season.

“It’s not been good enough, there’s been far too many games when we’ve not performed well enough,” he began. “We are where we are in the league because we deserve to be.

“If I could put my finger on why that is, we’d of course sort it out and improve it. I think the big thing is the balance of the team. There’s been times when we’ve struggled to score goals and times when we’ve struggled to stop conceding goals.”

Asked how many times he’s left the field this season feeling both he and the team have played well, Maguire offered an honest reply.

“Not enough for sure! I look at myself individually, but it’s also a collective. We have a lot of good individuals at this football club. But good players don’t make a good team and this season’s proved that.”

Looking at himself, he added: “I know I’ve had some bad games. But I wouldn’t have played as many games as I have in this starting XI if I was having so many bad games.”

Ralf Rangnick, meanwhile, has provided an update on the futures of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata. All three players become free agents in a matter of weeks.

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Quiz: The big Birmingham City striker quiz – Score over 80% and you can call yourself a true Blues fan

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Birmingham City have had some good strikers on their books over the years.

From Emile Heskey to Nikola Zigic, Mikael Forss to Troy Deeney, there been plenty of familiar names adorning the blue shirt at St. Andrews in recent times.

With that in mind, why not take our brand new Football League World quiz all about strikers at Birmingham City.

There are questions relating to this season, the club’s recent top goalscorers, as well as some questions about the Blues’ record purchases in the striker department and who they signed from.

See if you can score at least 80% – and don’t forget to share your score to social media!

Quiz: The big Birmingham City striker quiz – Score over 80% and you can call yourself a true Blues fan



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Jack Clarke issues verdict on his loan spell at Sunderland ahead of his return to Tottenham

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Jack Clarke has admitted on Instagram that his time at Sunderland was special and that he will never forget the experience of participating in a play-off final for the club.

The winger made his final appearance for the Black Cats on Saturday as he helped the club secure promotion to the Championship.

Clarke’s loan spell at the Stadium of Light will officially reach a crescendo at the end of May.

After joining Sunderland on a temporary deal from Tottenham Hotspur in January, the 21-year-old went on to produce some promising performances in the third-tier.

Clarke played a major role in the second leg of the club’s play-off semi-final with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month as he provided an assist for Patrick Roberts’ decisive goal.

Sunderland sealed promotion to the Championship by beating Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley Stadium.

Goals from Elliot Embleton and Ross Stewart allowed the Black Cats to secure a deserved victory over the Chairboys.

Sunderland manager Alex Neil will be looking to prepare his side for life in the second-tier over the coming months.

Ahead of his return to Spurs, Clarke has opted to take to Instagram to share a message with Sunderland’s supporters.

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The winger posted: “Thank you to everyone @sunderlandafcofficial for allowing me to be a part of your journey and welcoming me into your club!!

“My time here was special and Saturday was a day I will never forget!!”

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It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Clarke when he returns to Tottenham as he has struggled to make inroads on the club’s starting eleven since joining the club from Leeds United.

When you consider that the winger has only made four senior appearances for Spurs during his time at the club, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he is deemed to be surplus to requirements this summer.

As for Sunderland, they will need to add some fresh faces to their squad in order to be competitive in the Championship next season.

By nailing his transfer recruitment, there is every chance that Neil could guide his side to a relative amount of success in the second-tier later this year.

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