Harry Maguire hits back at Frank Lampard over ‘headlock’ comments

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Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire appears to have hit back at Chelsea manager Frank Lampard after he was accused of putting Cesar Azpilicueta in a ‘headlock’ during Saturday’s 0-0 draw.

Lampard was umhappy that Chelsea were not given a penalty after a VAR review saw no wrong with Maguire’s challenge on the blues captain from a free-kick during the first half of the match.

That incident was the talking point of the clash at Old Trafford and Lampard slammed the officials for failing to award a penalty after replays showed Maguire had a firm grip of Azpilicueta.

‘Holding is allowed, but headlocks don’t go on,’ Frank Lampard told Match of the Day.

‘I don’t know why VAR didn’t take long and there’s also a monitor to look at. I think if the referee goes to the monitor he gives a penalty.’

Maguire has had a mixed start to the campaign but he feels the incident has been overplayed in the media as he took to his Instagram profile today to hit back at Lampard’s comments.

The England international posted a photo from the game when Reece James appears to be manhandling Maguire from a free-kick, while Azpilicueta is all over McTominay.

Maguire posted the photo without any comment but it’s clear what the player is trying to say following the coverage of the incident since the goalless draw on Saturday.


Lampard took a dig at the Red devils after the game, saying he warned his team about conceding penalties against United because they’re ‘miles ahead’ of clubs in Europe in terms of being awarded penalties.

‘Without a doubt [it was a penalty on Maguire],’ said Lampard.

‘I’m interested to see what everyone else says. I spoke to the lads about how many penalties they get here, over the last two seasons they’re miles ahead in Europe.’


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