Man Utd legend Roy Keane told he went too far with Harry Maguire criticism

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane went too far with his criticism of Harry Maguire on Thursday, claims former West Ham striker Dean Ashton. Keane claimed Maguire’s celebration after scoring for England against Albania was “embarrassing”. The defender scored the opening goal in the 5-0 World Cup qualifier win at Wembley.

Keane has been a strong critic of Maguire for his club performances at United this season.

The Red Devils have struggled collectively but Maguire in particular has received plenty of flak.

After scoring on Thursday the defender ran to the corner flag with his hands cupping his ears, before putting his fingers in his ears in a sign to silence his critics.

But Keane, who was a pundit for ITV, tore into Maguire at half time.

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“He puts his hands to his ears like he’s shutting his critics up… it’s embarrassing,” said Keane.

“He’s been a disgrace the last few months for Manchester United, he scores and he thinks he’s going to shut his critics up, it’s embarrassing.”

Ashton thinks Maguire has been rightly criticised for his club performances.

But he thinks Keane went too far by calling the celebration embarrassing.

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“It was a little bit tongue-and-cheek from Maguire,” Ashton told talkSPORT.

“He’s had his critics, plenty of them, Keane being one of them, and rightly so because of his performances.

“Then when you do score a goal and put in a performance, you have every right to make a gesture to your critics.

“Yes, he has to go on and do that consistently for his club side, but I certainly wouldn’t have said it was an embarrassment.”

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has supported his former international team-mate.

Cascarino says Maguire was “childish” with his celebration.

“If you play badly, and you have a bad time, you’re going to get stick – plain and simple,” Cascarino said.

“It is what it is. People are going to criticise you if you make mistakes.

“If you play for Manchester United and you don’t play to a certain standard, it’s not good enough for Man United and it’s not good enough for England.

“I thought it was a bit childish. I thought, ‘Really?’ You’ve got stick, but you haven’t played well enough not to get stick.”

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