'He is really s***' – Man Utd star Harry Maguire slammed for performances by Tottenham hero Rafael van der Vaart

RAFAEL VAN DER VAART has branded Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire ‘really s***’ on live television.

And the Tottenham hero admitted he was staggered the Red Devils coughed up £80million for the England defender.

Maguire has been in the firing line for recent performances – including the low-point of being sent-off in the 4-1 defeat by Watford that saw boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked.

Van der Vaart let rip at the centre-back as he previewed United’s Champions League clash with Villarreal for Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sport.

He said: "I talk about Harry Maguire so much, so I try to avoid him. But he is really s**t. I have said this so often.

"I can't get away from the fact United have paid €90m for him. That's how much he cost!

"Where did they look for him? You'll find players like him at any amateur club in Holland.

"I think it is unbelievable. He is no top-class defender – and he demonstrates this every week.


"If you go out and sign players like him, I can understand why you end up having financial problems."

Van der Vaart is not the only TV pundit to have had a pop at Maguire in recent weeks.

United legend Roy Keane was accused of bullying the 28-year-old as he tore into him for his efforts in the 5-0 defeat by Liverpool and his subsequent celebration for England.

Maguire skippered United to victory in their first game under caretaker Michael Carrick.

The underperforming stars overcame Champions League opponents Villarreal with two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.

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