Date: 11th September 2019 at 7:17am
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Football fans are notoriously tough to please and critics’ pencils get ever sharper when you’re playing with a huge price tag on your head. 

Harry Maguire made the headlines this summer when he completed an £80m move to Man United, making him the most expensive defender in the world.

He didn’t look like it last night after an uncharacteristically sloppy performance culminated in him clumsily tripping Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi, conceding a penalty that Muriqi got up and converted himself.

It wasn’t a typical England performance all round, though, and while the 5-3 win was entertaining for the fans it would have really worried Gareth Southgate.

England were 5-1 up at half-time, after conceding a goal in the very first minute, but lost the second half 2-0 to a Kosovo side that were happy to swarm forward in search of goals.

Harry Kane even missed a penalty as England gave Southgate plenty to think about.

Maguire came in for some strong criticism on Twitter ahead of his club’s Premier League match against Leicester on Saturday.

Here are the best reactions on Twitter:

When you’re the most expensive defender in the world, you’re always going to be compared to Virgil van Dijk, arguably the best centre-back on the planet.

Van Dijk had an amazing 18/19 season for Liverpool but Maguire has started strongly for Man United.

His 19/20 numbers on WyScout will give United fans plenty of cheer – Maguire has completed over 80% of 84.92 total actions per 90 minutes, has a near 90% pass success rate and has won 70% of his defensive duels and 75% of his aerial duels.

Van Dijk has completed 81% of 77.24 total actions, has a 90.9% pass success rate and has won 62.5% of his defensive duels and 76.9% of his aerial duels.

On those stats there’s barely a cigarette paper between the two of them. And Maguire is still settling into his new side.

England’s defending was worrying last night and both Maguire and Michael Keane looked poor.

Maguire made the headlines after giving away a clumsy penalty when it looked easier to clear the ball but one mistake does not define a defender and we’re tipping Maguire to bounce back strongly on Saturday.