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Jamie Carragher questions Harry Maguire’s bravery after Man United concede late Everton equaliser

The Independent logo The Independent 09/02/2021 Jack Rathborn
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Jamie Carragher has accused Harry Maguire of lacking bravery during Everton's late equaliser against Manchester United to earn a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford.

Carragher insists Maguire dropped too deep while defending the set-piece, which ultimately led to Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring for the Toffees.

The result leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side five points off leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand on the Red Devils.

And Carragher has likened his own experience as a player to Maguire, who he believes made the mistake of taking on "too much responsibility".

"Rafa Benitez used to be on at me, about free-kicks late in the game, constantly. I didn't have the nerve to hold the line," Carragher told Sky Sports Monday Night Football


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"I'd be that nervous about conceding a goal, I'd think 'I need to head this away'. When you're Harry Maguire in that position, and it's the position I'd be in. When you're at the back of the line - or certainly in the middle - and there's bodies everywhere, some players are offside, some are making runs.

"A lot of the time you can't see the ball. You're jumping and jostling - and what I would do, which was a mistake all the time, was I'd want to drop two yards so I could almost see the ball.

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"I almost think Harry Maguire has taken too much responsibility - and that's what I used to do at times. I'd think I'd want to head the ball, I'm that nervous I want to head this. And you drop off a little bit and then go to attack it.

"I think that's the mistake he's made. He hasn't been brave enough but I can put myself in the situation."

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