After a “cowardly fan” issued a bomb threat against him and his family, Harry Maguire assured friends last night that he would not be dragged out of Manchester United.
After receiving a scary email claiming an explosive device had been installed at his £4 million property, the Red Devils captain, 29, concerned for the safety of his fiancée Fern Hawkins, 27, and their two young daughters.
United were thrashed 4-0 by arch-rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night, prompting the sick warning on Wednesday.
Specialist police officers quickly arrived at Maguire’s property and made a thorough search, with no device found.
The threat, however, was deemed so serious that police returned with a sniffer dog yesterday to conduct a second scan of the grounds and surrounding area.
Nothing was discovered this time, but police have opened an investigation into the threat, which is thought to have been made by a United fan.
“Harry will not be driven out of Manchester United by this kind of threat,” a source close to the defender told The Sun last night.
“His top priority will always be the protection of his family, but he has the character fortitude to deal with it.” It appears to be the product of a cowardly fan.
“If that is the truth, they are a complete disgrace to this proud football club’s name.”
The complete contents of the message have not been published, but it warned that an explosive device had been left at Maguire’s home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, where he and his young family had recently moved.
According to other sources, the email also contained personal insults on Maguire, who was signed for £80 million from Leicester City in 2019.
Maguire was booed by England supporters when playing against Ivory Coast at Wembley, and United has recently had some dismal results and performances.
Following a series of raids on United players including Victor Lindelof and Paul Pogba, players and spouses were asked into the club’s training field to discuss security.
Maguire, who is thought to earn approximately £190,000 per week, plans to marry Fern this summer at a French chateau.
The couple, who have two children, Lillie Saint, two, and Piper Rose, who will turn one year old next month, moved into their new property in December.
It’s in the posh “golden triangle” of Cheshire, which is home to a slew of Premier League stars.
“It’s really shaken them,” a source added, “but they’re all well.” Nothing is more important to Harry than his family’s safety, and he would go to any length to assure it.
“The police searched the residence, which should have made them feel a little safer.”
“In the last 24 hours, Harry has received a significant threat to his family home,” a spokesman for Maguire, who is set to play away at Arsenal tomorrow lunchtime, stated.
“He has informed the authorities, who are investigating the situation.”
“Obviously, Harry’s top priority is the safety of his family and those around him.
“He’ll continue to prepare as usual for this weekend’s match.”
On Wednesday, officers were “called to reports of a bomb threat at an address in the Wilmslow area,” according to Cheshire Police.
“There were no evacuations,” the statement said, “but a police explosives dog was dispatched to the address this afternoon, Thursday, April 21, to undertake a search of the gardens and nearby areas as a precaution.”