Manchester United captain Harry Maguire received a bomb threat following his team’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Tuesday night.
The England defender contacted Cheshire Police after receiving the threat via email at his family home in Wilmslow, according to the Manchester Evening News. Cheshire Constabulary officers were dispatched, along with a police explosives dog.
The area around Maguire’s home, which he shares with his fiancée and their two daughters, was searched, but the property was not evacuated. The threat came a day after Liverpool’s humiliating defeat, which prompted harsh criticism of Maguire, particularly from former Manchester United captain Roy Keane on Sky Sports.
The presence of the explosives dog was described as a “precautionary measure,” but no further information has been released. A representative for Maguire said that he had received a “severe threat to his family home” and that he had notified the police.
Maguire’s spokesman told the Manchester Evening News: “Harry has received a significant threat to his family’s house in the last 24 hours. He has reported this to the police, who are now investigating the incident. Harry’s top goal is certainly the safety of his family and those around him. He will continue to prepare for this weekend’s game as usual, and we will make no additional comments at this time.”
United’s captain, an £80 million transfer from Leicester City in August of this year, has been singled out for criticism in the midst of the team’s recent dismal record. The bomb threat was revealed just hours after United appointed Ajax manager Erik ten Hag as the club’s new manager beginning at the conclusion of the season.
Cheshire Police stated in a statement: “Cheshire Police were alerted to a report of a bomb threat at a Wilmslow residence on Wednesday, April 20. There were no evacuations, but as a precaution, a police explosives dog was dispatched to the property today afternoon, Thursday 21 April, to investigate the gardens and surrounding area.”