Union Berlin’s seasoned center-back, Leonardo Bonucci, has singled out Manchester United’s Harry Maguire for commendation, acknowledging his remarkable comeback after facing a spell out of favor under manager Erik Ten Hag in the previous season.
During the 2022-23 campaign, the English international, Maguire, started only half of the 16 Premier League games he featured in, as he slipped down the defensive pecking order behind Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, and Victor Lindelof.
Maguire’s future at Old Trafford seemed uncertain, with United open to selling him in the summer transfer window.
Consequently, he began the 2023-24 season as a squad player after a potential transfer failed to materialize.
However, displaying resilience and determination, the 30-year-old has made a resounding comeback, securing a regular starting role in recent months under Ten Hag.
Maguire has been featured in nine out of the 11 Premier League games he played, earning praise from Bonucci.
In admiration, Bonucci stated, “For me, Harry is an example.
After all the criticism and challenges he’s faced, he continues to play a crucial role at Manchester United and maintains a regular spot with the England national team.
This speaks volumes about his mental fortitude.”
Describing Maguire as a robust and resilient defender, Bonucci acknowledges that the scrutiny and the hefty price tag that accompanied his move to Manchester United shouldn’t overshadow occasional missteps, emphasizing the human aspect of the game.