John Barnes claims that the criticism directed at Harry Maguire is not his fault because he requires more assistance from his teammates.
Since returning from injury for Manchester United's 4-2 defeat to Leicester last month, the captain has faced a barrage of criticism in recent weeks.
The Red Devils have struggled for clean sheets throughout the season, with David de Gea saving the day on countless occasions.
While Maguire's achievements for England have been great, his performances for his club have been so poor that Roy Keane mocked him by imitating a robot.
However, Liverpool legend Barnes claims that United's style of play has exposed their defense, implying that United's attacking players must contribute more defensively.
‘Harry Maguire is absolutely the right man to be Manchester United captain,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
‘He’s playing in a back four that aren’t being protected. If Liverpool’s front three didn’t work as hard off the ball, the back four would also struggle.
‘It’s not about any individual defender because Harry Maguire is a good defender, as are Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw.
‘But the problem is, they’re just being left to defend when the rest of the team doesn’t apart from Fred and Scott McTominay who also need more hard done work in front of them.
‘So, I don’t criticize Maguire at all because he’s a good defender for Manchester United and England but the way the team is playing, he’s being left to defend on his own which he can’t do so I don’t blame him at all.’
When the Red Devils visit Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday, the defense will have their job cut out for them.
Before former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick is named as interim manager, caretaker manager Michael Carrick will be in charge.