Roy Keane accused of "bullying" Harry Maguire

By Amreen
Roy Keane has been accused of bullying Harry Maguire
Roy Keane has been accused of bullying Harry Maguire / Clive Rose/GettyImages

Former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor has accused Roy Keane of "bullying" Harry Maguire and prompting others to "jump on the bandwagon."

Keane labelled Maguire's celebration as "embarrassing" during England’s 5-0 win against Albania. The Manchester United captain headed in Reece James' free kick before running to the corner flag, cupping and putting his fingers in his ears. The celebration was interpreted as Maguire trying to "silence the critics" following his poor performances for the Red Devils in recent weeks.

Keane was less than impressed with Maguire's celebration, but Agbonlahor claimed that people should be getting behind the defender instead of constantly criticising him. He told talkSPORT: "I’ve seen the quotes and the video of it from Roy Keane and I think Roy Keane is being a big bully, there.

“I think he’s bullying him because Harry Maguire has been under a lot of pressure after some not very good performances for Manchester United. This was the next game available to prove that he’s a good centre-half. Yes, it’s Albania but, still, we had a job to do. He scores, the excitement of scoring – you’re going to celebrate.

“If I was going for a run of bad form when I scored the goal, I’d want to do the exact same celebration – hands on your ears to the critics to say, ‘I’m going to try and put in a good performance’, and he did that. I thought his defending was very good and he scored a goal. Every time he does something now it feels like everyone is against him.

“He’s English, he’s the captain of Manchester United. Yes, there’s pressure with that, but he’s probably our best centre-half. Let’s get behind him and not always trying to criticise him. For me, it’s bullying from Roy Keane. Everyone sort of jumps on the bandwagon whenever Roy Keane says something.”