Thursday night was a proud moment for Harry Maguire as he captained Manchester United for the first time.
it seems the 26-year-old is a little bit unaccustomed with the
responsibilities of the armband after he forgot to attend the coin toss
Maguire was named Manchester United captain for the club’s Europa
League clash against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night, but things
didn’t exactly go to plan for the world’s most expensive defender.
of kick-off at the Partizan Stadium, the 26-year-old was called by
referee Xavier Fernandez to join him in a traditional coin toss as
fellow captain Vladimir Stojković looked on with a grin on his face.
who was joined by fellow assistants Roberto Alonso and Inigo Prieto,
were shouting ‘Maguire! Harry!’, before the England international
awkwardly ran over to complete his duties.
Maguire, who has made
13 appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, eventually
swapped crests with the Serbian goalkeeper on his first appearance in
Maguire later offered an excuse on Twitter, highlighting how long it had been since he last captained a side.
He wrote: ‘Last time I did this you did the coin toss in the centre circle. It’s been a long time’.
Europa League group stage meeting in Serbia was Maguire’s first
occasion wearing the armband since his record-breaking move to Old
Trafford in the summer.
It was a moment the centre-back will want to forget as plenty on social media picked up on his antics.
has to be the least confidence inspiring bit of footage I’ve ever seen
of a captain.” said one Twitter user, while another said: “He doesn’t
even know how it works.”