Football: Man United captain Maguire receives bomb threat

Harry Maguire's home was swept by Cheshire Police to ensure his safety. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Harry Maguire's house was checked by police on Thursday (April 21) after the Manchester United captain received a bomb threat.

England defender Maguire, who lives with his fiancee and two children, has endured a difficult season with club and country, but it is not known who made the threat.

The 29-year-old's home was swept by Cheshire Police to ensure his safety.

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

"He has reported this to the police who are now looking into the matter.

"The safety of his family and those around him is obviously Harry's No. 1 priority.

"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."

Cheshire Police added: "On Wednesday, April 20, 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, April 21, to conduct a search of the gardens and surrounding area."

The bomb scare is the latest issue for Maguire, who has been subjected to stinging criticism from pundits and jeers from England fans this season.

Maguire was part of the United team that were thrashed 4-0 at arch-rivals Liverpool on Tuesday.

He is next due to play when United travel to Arsenal on Saturday for a crucial English Premier League clash in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League.

United, who have slipped to sixth in the Premier League, on Thursday announced the appointment of Ajax Amsterdam boss Erik ten Hag as their new manager from next season.

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