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Man Utd legend Roy Keane’s surprising take on Harry Maguire’s red card

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has revealed he has sympathy for Harry Maguire following his latest horror show.

The former Leicester City defender had a game to forget in England's Nations League clash with Denmark at Wembley, which the Three Lions lost 1-0.

Maguire was given his marching orders shortly after the half-hour mark after picking up a second yellow card for a reckless tackle on Kasper Dolberg.

The United skipper's dismissal just about summed up how his season – which has been dominated by talk of his off-the-field antics – has gone.

Somewhat surprisingly, Keane sympathises with the 27-year-old's current plight, telling ITV: "I have loads of sympathy for Maguire.

"Obviously whatever's going on in his head, it's all over the place. You could see as soon as he sees the red card coming out. You have to have sympathy for him."

Keane has concerns over how the centre-back will bounce back from his woeful display against the Danes.

That concern, however, is in large part down his belief the United lack leaders in the dressing room who are capable of lifting his spirits.

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"You have to play," the Irishman said when asked for his thoughts on Maguire potentially asking to be left out of United's next match. "The only downside for Maguire, at the moment, for me, he's going back to a Man Utd team that's not full of confidence. Certainly, the back four is not in great form.

"I've been in situations before, I've been in Harry's situation, I've been in dressing rooms at Man United's.

"But I was in dressing rooms with brilliant characters and brilliant leaders. So even if had done something silly or was having a hard time, on or off the pitch, I was going back into – [what] I felt [was] the best dressing room in the world.

"Lads who would carry you through difficult spells. He's not going to get that.

"He's going back to Man United, he's playing in the back four – I wouldn't be anywhere near these lads. Because I don't see them as leaders."

Maguire and his Manchester United team-mates will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, travelling to St James' Park to take on Newcastle.

The Red Devils will enter the match on the back of an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Tottenham, a loss which has heaped the further pressure on both Maguire and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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