Gary Neville has given his assessment of the Harry Maguire incident in Mykonos, claiming the valuable lesson for the Manchester United captain could strengthen the sense of unity in the dressing room at Old Trafford.
Maguire announced Thursday that he feared for his life and thought he would be kidnapped by plainclothes police officers on the Greek island during his arrest last week.
The England international was convicted of assault, defied arrest and attempted bribery and was given a 21-month suspended sentence. However, the conviction was overturned and retried, according to United, after Maguire appealed the conviction.
Former United captain Neville said Maguire needed to make sure a similar incident doesn’t happen again in the future but rejected the idea that it could create a rift between his club teammates.
“For many years I’ve witnessed incidents that I’ve been involved in, at Christmas parties and the like, where people make mistakes and do things that let other people down,” said Neville Sky Sports News.
“You have to face these things and face them because there is nothing you can do about it.
“Harry doesn’t feel like he’s done much wrong this week, he felt exposed, but at moments like this you have to wonder if you or the people around you have done everything to get away from it and if you are in Would put the future back into the situation.
“The only thing Harry can do is make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“I always sit back in the locker room where either myself, my colleagues or teammates have made a mistake. Would we stand together and support one another? We would absolutely do it 100 percent.”
“These Manchester United players in the locker room and at the club are going to stand by Harry Maguire and I, as a media fan, will not judge him in any way, form or form as the reality is that these things are in the Life happen. “
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will think this situation is an integral part of managing a football club and managing characters and personalities in situations that arise.
“I don’t think he will see it as a problem that would drive a wedge between him and his team. I would say it could potentially increase the bond and spirit that exists.”
Nev: Players are not robots
Neville added: “The idea that players shouldn’t go to Mykonos is nonsense, of course they should go to Mykonos, they should do what they want.
“Players are not robots, they are human and do things that everyone else does, like vacationing with friends and family, having a few drinks and having fun.”
“Southgate support so important”
Maguire was inducted into Gareth Southgate’s English squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark while the original trial in Greece was still ongoing. This decision was criticized when he had to be withdrawn after the first conviction.
But Neville praised Southgate for publicly supporting Maguire and for his general handling of a situation he believes would have been treated very differently during his playing time.
“It would not have been welcome for Maguire to be eliminated from the English squad but the fact that he was even announced on the English squad made me happy,” he added.
“I remember a time when managers were instructed not to select players if there was no due process. Now it’s evident that Harry was found guilty and had to be removed from the squad later that day, but the Southgate intent was there to support him and that is really important.
“Harry will understand that at this point he had to be pulled out because it would have caused too much excitement.
“The idea of his manager believing him and choosing him and then withdrawing him wasn’t at all embarrassing in my eyes. That’s how I’d like it to be if I were a teammate of his.
“I want to know that the manager was ready to stand by my side and join me on the journey. I want to see players who are protected by their managers because that’s how I felt when I was in the locker room. “
Carra: Lessons for Maguire
Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher hopes the Mykonos incident will be a valuable learning experience for Maguire and that he will get the justice he deserves.
“As a footballer, you always want to defend other footballers – not the untenable ones,” he said Sky Sports.
“But you can put yourself in a situation where you think, ‘Why did I go there?’, ‘Why did I do that?’ The effect that has on him and his family … I’ve been in the eye of a storm for various things and it hurts.
“Of course, if you made a mistake you should be punished. But it will eventually turn out to be of its own accord and it is something that you will look back on for years to come and I think he will learn a lot from it.” .
“I just hope, cross my fingers, everything is fine and he gets what he believes, the justice he deserves.”