Michael Owen insists Harry Maguire’s lack of pace is a ‘real problem’.
The Manchester United defender, 28, endured another humiliating run on Saturday.
This time, Southampton pairing Armando Broja and Che Adams put the £85million captain on a turning point.
And then the England player managed to escaped conceding a late penalty after bouncing Broja to the ground and landing a set of studs on his feet.
Before United and Three Lions striker Owen attacked the flailing centre-back and said he avoided the Broja incident.
Owen told Premier League Productions: “I was really scared of him and it was quite embarrassing.
“He didn’t have the pace at the best of times but he was more dominant there.
“Then you’re thinking don’t try to atone for your mistake, he just let it go and I don’t think it was a penalty.
“But you get scared when he runs towards the man you think you’re going to try to do something stupid with but he ignores.
“His lack of pace is a real problem. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again.
“Goal, he could have been pressed up but he’s petrified with that space in the back.”
Fans also flocked on social media, joining in the following wave of backlash Maguire’s display.
One said: “I really want to see Lindelof get a consistent game. Maguire made mistake after mistake and didn’t deserve to start, captain or not.”
Another wrote: “He needs to be sold. No reason to desperately cling to the hope that he’s good enough. Cut our losses and move on.”
The third added brutally: “My great-grandmother is faster than Harry Maguire. She’s 102 years old.”
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Gary Neville is raving about United’s performance and blasted Ralf Rangnick’s side on Twitter.
He wrote: “Break all the rules in this book United on how to pursue goals.
“No fouls, no passing balls, no coercion, no disciplining and chasing the referee, etc!”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17637902/harry-maguire-man-utd-southampton-owen/ ‘He’s petrified, lack of speed is a problem’