A video emerges of Harry Maguire getting abused by a fan after the Man Utd v Arsenal friendly out in America at the weekend.
@MikeHeywood4 uploaded the 16 second long clip, captioning it: “‘Harry, you big Mong!’ 👋” and it has since got over a million views on Twitter.
Majority of the kids that could be heard in the footage shows them calling his name, before he gives a wave back at them.
But before that, a piece of paper falls down, to which he goes and picks it up, he has some communication with a fan who had dropped it down into the tunnel/concourse, with Maguire then placing on top of a bin.
‘Harry, you big Mong!’ 👋 pic.twitter.com/YJ5zhlGvWv
— Mike Heywood (@MikeHeywood4) July 22, 2023
In June 2022, Maguire opened up on his season of misery and said he would bounce back. The then-Man Utd captain was booed by fans of his own team at club and international level in recent years.
However, the defender made it clear that the bomb threat to his family home on the 20th of April 2022 was beyond the pale.
“There is a line,” Maguire said. “We are human beings. I do have a family. People ask if it affects me. My mentality is that it doesn’t affect me too much but when it comes to bomb threats, it is more about family.
“I’m just happy my kids are at an age where they don’t read things and see things on the news. If my kids were an older age, they could see things and go to school and people are speaking about it. That is when it affects you a little bit more.
“I’m in a position where I’m going to be criticised. Manchester United paid a large sum of money for me. It is one of the most loved clubs in the world and also one of the most hated in the world as well.
“We know we are under the most scrutiny. I totally accept criticism when we concede goals or make mistakes. I’m big enough to accept people getting on my back and saying I can improve.”
“I have had amazing times with the [England] fans and I am not going to let the minority – I don’t know how many it was, 10-20 people doing that in the Ivory Coast game – affect my relationship with them,” Maguire said. “I was a bit shocked. I wouldn’t say I was hurt and upset. I know my family and friends might have been affected by it but I was more surprised.”
“There were a lot of young lads in the team that day, a lot of young people in the stands, lots of kids watching who aspire to grow up and be an England footballer, so for them to hear that for somebody who’s been involved in a such a big part of the journey over the last five years, it’s sad to see.
“It probably affects them [the young England players]. That’s why it was a little disappointing. We spoke about it as a group. But I’m sure there will be many good times ahead when the England fans will again show their support and love.
“I am my biggest critic. Although there are a lot of critics out there, I’m actually still my biggest! The next biggest is probably my dad.
“If that had happened earlier on in my career, I would’ve struggled that night. But I’m 29, I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs and I’ve learned to deal with it through experience. I’m sure I’ll be back to playing my best football very soon.”
Maguire has also urged social media giants to take action against those who send abuse not just to him but other footballers.
As mentioned, a video emerges of Harry Maguire getting abused by fan after the Man Utd v Arsenal friendly…
@beckett102011: Why abuse a player?? I don’t get it at all !!
@AidanWalshMUFC: No need for this
@TheUtdLatest: Whoever did this is disgusting
@Mufc_AS: Disgusting, people wonder why he can’t perform for us
@snapeolad: Only 1 mong there and it ain’t Maguire 😂
@CharlesSamuel06: This guy sounds as old if not older than Harry Maguire. Imagine this being your life.
@deano7villa: Embarrassing… feel sorry for your kid
@gstringutd: you’re a disgrace, fella
@DecUTD_: Embarrassment to the fanbase
@BazCansell: This backfired massively. Trying get likes for abusing a player, a person. Great role model you are.
@BungleTheBlue: Saying it behind the glass, I bet they wouldn’t have the bottle if it wasn’t there.
@dougie000272: There’s not a single person who found this funny, your kid will be ashamed of you.
@EMCEE198: Behind a glass where he can’t hear any of yous 😂😂😂 bit cringe that
@Stottie2240: There’s absolutely no need for this. He’s handled the captaincy situation very well and still tries to give his best for the team. Since when do we bully our own
@Olly_Craig12: Very weird behaviour this fella. Everything alright at home ?
@paul_warrand: What a sad man
@JstAnotherDevil: You really thought you did something, huh?
@NaidooTrivolin: You’re a father? Great example this.
@CraigMcburnie: Shocking behaviour aint no fan at all
@K_33BRO: Pathetic! Ones walking off the pitch who plays for United and the other is in the stand giving it the big man! Only 1 Tosser there n it ain’t Harry! #Embarrassing
@seanharrison0: Imagine if Harry got hold of you though, rip you to bits 😂
@AnnemarieDray: I will never understand people.
@ryanjacko2691: The disrespect 🤦🏼♂️🤦🏼♂️
@1874_Villan: You really behaving like that towards your own player? Pathetic
@UTDDengv2: Maguire abuse is so sad man. Bro lost his starting spot, his captaincy yet people are still abusing him, this level of hate needs to stop.
@tommygorman26: Nothing sums up muppets among our support more than dishing out abuse behind a pane of glass to someone who’s just played a solid 45 minutes of football.
@thfcem28: Mental health doesn’t matter until someone brings it up. Feel sorry for Harry, he’s always been professional and gave his all. Him and any other player doesn’t deserve this treatment as they’re HUMAN as well. People need to think before they say.
@HAftbl: What has he actually done to deserve this?
@LeahGS: Just absolutely no need for this vile behaviour at all. I’ve said before I’m all for constructive criticism about their performances but whenever it is off the pitch it is abuse. Whatever your opinion on him we support our players. #MUFC
@seanbaillie91: The way Maguire gets treated by fans is embarrassing. Just cause he’s not lived up to his price tag don’t mean he deserves abused. Pathetic.