During a tense exchange in the 3-0 Europa League quarter-final second-leg humiliation at the hands of Sevilla, fans believe they spotted Manchester United captain Harry Maguire telling David de Gea to “shut up”.
Both Maguire and De Gea had disastrous displays at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, where the six-time Europa League winners emerged victorious with a brace from Youssef En-Nesyri and a header from Loic Balde.
The first goal was an absolute gift as De Gea passed the ball out to Maguire, who hesitated on the ball and was immediately put under pressure.
Erik Lamela forced the error, and the ball ended up with En-Nesyri, who finished with aplomb to put Sevilla ahead on the night and on aggregate.
Both Maguire and De Gea were deemed to be responsible for the opener, and a separate clip from the first half showed a heated disagreement between the pair.
During the heated disagreement in the first half, De Gea was seen screaming at Maguire, who responded by talking back.
It’s possible that Maguire was asking for more communication from the goalkeeper, which he reportedly felt contributed to his early struggles at Old Trafford.
A number of viewers believed that Maguire was telling De Gea to “shush”, but others disagreed with this interpretation.
Maguire telling de Gea to shut up, all hell lose…. Get this mf outta my Club pic.twitter.com/lcFCGXUQTM
— 𓃵 (@UtdProp) April 20, 2023
One wrote: “The most worrying part about Harry Maguire is not only is he a terrible football, it appears that he just might be a s****y guy character-wise. Who else noticed how he told De Gea to shut up right after the first goal?
A second said: “WTF are you both doing…..get ego packed and leave then.”
A third weighed in: “Get both of them out of my club please.”
A fourth disagreed and wrote: “Pretty sure that’s a ‘you need to communicate’ gesture.”
A fifth had the same opinion, commenting: “He told him to communicate more.”
De Gea would then drop an absolute clanger in the second half, getting his clearance horribly wrong and giving it straight to En-Nesyri, who completed his brace of easy goals.
A terrible night for Man Utd only gets worse…
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 20, 2023
Mistakes like the one made by Maguire and De Gea in the Europa League quarter-final could potentially affect their chances of staying with the club.
United will need to bounce back on Sunday when they play Brighton in a crucial FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
However, they could be without Anthony Martial, who appeared to have suffered an injury in a collision with Maguire during the second Sevilla goal.