Harry Maguire: Manchester United defender receives bomb threat and police sweep his home

By Simon StoneBBC Sport
Harry Maguire
Maguire played in Manchester United's 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Tuesday

Cheshire Police have conducted a sweep of Harry Maguire's house after the Manchester United and England defender received a bomb threat.

Maguire, who lives with his fiancee and two young children, is understood to have taken the threat seriously.

A spokesman for Maguire said: "In the last 24 hours, Harry has received a serious threat to his family home.

"The safety of his family and those around him is obviously Harry's number one priority."

The spokesman added: "He will continue to prepare for this weekend's fixture as normal and we will not be commenting in any further detail at this time."

The 29-year-old's spokesman said police were "looking into the matter".

It is not known who made the threat and sources are not willing to say how it was made.

The police said: "On Wednesday, 20 April Cheshire Police were called to reports of a bomb threat at an address in the Wilmslow area.

"No evacuations took place, but as a precautionary measure a police explosives dog has attended the address this afternoon, Thursday, 21 April, to conduct a search of the gardens and surrounding area."

This comes following intense criticism Maguire has received for his performances at United, including Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat by Liverpool.

The £80m defender has been criticised over his lack of form, although he defended himself in a TV interview this week by pointing out both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick have continued to pick him.

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