Manchester United star Harry Maguire should be cut some slack over comparisons to Virgil van Dijk.
That comes from ex- Liverpool star Danny Murphy, who has jumped to defend the Red Devils captain.
Maguire has come under fire in recent weeks for a number of errors at the back.
Against Sevilla, the England international could be accused of poor defending for both goals after failing to cover the space.
It saw the Spanish side win 2-1 after goals from Suso and Luuk de Jong.
But Maguire is not completely to blame with the defending on show particularly shoddy from all involved.
Comparisons to Van Dijk at Liverpool have been commonplace after the Red Devils forked out £80m for Maguire.
It saw the ex-Leicester star take the mantle as the world's most expensive defender, beating the £75m fee Liverpool paid for Van Dijk.
However, many fans have accused the United star of not living up to his price-tag this season.
But Murphy said on talkSPORT: "Man United have got to be better defensively, that's been proven this season.
“With Harry Maguire, people just compared the price tag with Van Dijk, and that's' not right.
"You can't compare Maguire to Van Dijk.
"Van Dijk is a better player in every aspect. He's never going to be Van Dijk.
“He's never going to be that quick, he's never going to be as good a passer, he's not going to be Van Dijk.
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“But what he has done is he's made United better and he's going to get better.
“United's defensive record since the restart has been good and he's been part of that.
"He's played every minute of nearly every game to be fair to him and he looked a bit leggy against Sevilla, which is understandable. So cut him a bit of slack."
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