‘I’m so s*** but I earn so much money’
Former Spurs and Real Madrid ace Rafael Van der Vaart has slammed Manchester United defender Harry Maguire for his recent effort against Bournemouth.
The £80 million ($A145m) defender was nutmegged by Junior Stanislas in the lead-up to the opening goal, before being saved by his attackers in a dominant 5-2 win.
But the former Dutch international has blasted the England centre-back, saying he makes a mockery of United for paying him so highly.
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Van der Vaart told Dutch TV channel Ziggo: "I think Maguire goes home every day and tells his wife: 'I'm s**t at football, but I earn so much. They really believe I'm good.'
"I really think so, he laughs at everyone."
It's not the first time the Dutchman has laid into Maguire. After the English defender played the full game in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in October, Van der Vaart slammed the United star.
He said: "If he is worth so much money, Virgil van Dijk is worth €300m ($A486m).
"If I am going to play with the amateurs on Sunday afternoon, I can easily find three who can do this (what Maguire does on the pitch). I mean that seriously. A bit silly to say, but I really think so."
After the Bournemouth game, United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was filmed embracing and chatting to Cherries' centre-back Nathan Ake, who has enjoyed a stellar season.
Some fans interpreted footage of Solskjaer speaking to the defender as the coach saying "we need a left-footed centre-back, so keep going."
Van der Vaart responded to that speculative lip-reading by saying: "That is nice if there is no crowd and no music after the game. Then you hear things like this. A transfer? I hope for him, I think he's doing very well. Why not?"
But Solskjaer downplayed the rumours he would move for the Dutch international.
"I've got seven centre-backs," Solskjaer said. "I don't know where that's come from. We're fine."
United - and Maguire - turned around their defensive woes with a clean sheet on Friday morning as they saw off a poor Aston Villa 3-0.
Originally published as 'I'm so s*** but I earn so much money'