Harry Maguire may have split opinion on him after the furore of his arrest and trial in Greece this summer.

But the incident could actually galvanise Manchester United.

That is according to former club captain Gary Neville who revealed what it is like inside Old Trafford when the world seems against the club.

Current skipper Maguire was thrown onto the front and back pages this summer when he was nicked on the Greek island of Mykonos after a late-night incident outside a bar.

The England international was initially found guilty on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery and handed a suspended 21-month prison sentence but he has appealed while awaiting a new trial.

Neville, though, believes the fracas won't distract United ahead of the new season.

Harry Maguire was handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days
Harry Maguire was handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days

“I don’t think it will,” said the Sky Sports pundit.

“It depends how strong they are.

“In seasons gone by when I was playing at Manchester United, these moments can invigorate the squad and bring them together.

“They can create spirit when you think everyone is against you and you think you are being criticized, you think you are on the wrong side of the newspaper, you sometimes pull together a lot more and support each other.”

The former defender was at the club when Eric Cantona was suspended for nine months for kicking a Crystal Palace fan.

Eric Cantona infamously kicked a fan during a game with Crystal Palace in 1995

While he watched his pal David Beckham be vilified after he was sent off at the 1998 World Cup against Argentina.

Then Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo were thrown into the spotlight after the latter winked at his clubmate when he was sent off playing for England against Portugal at the World Cup in 2006.

“I think of the big moments at Manchester United, Eric Cantona’s return season or David Beckham coming back from a World Cup when there was huge pressure,” added Neville.

“The Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo thing - if you think about that was a huge incident at the time, well beyond the Harry Maguire incident.

David Beckham was sent off for kicking out at Diego Simeone
David Beckham was sent off for kicking out at Diego Simeone at the 1998 World Cup

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“It was a national thing, two great young players but they went on to win Champions Leagues and Premier Leagues together so the idea that this would pull them apart I don’t see at all.

“This is an opportunity for them actually to galvanise spirit.

“I would see that this would be a point where the players in that dressing room would rally around Harry Maguire and why wouldn’t they?”

But where a split might come in the United team is around the goalkeeper situation.

Wayne Rooney was sent off for stamping on Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2006 World Cup

Dean Henderson has signed a new contract and is back at the club after starring for Sheffield United in the Premier League last season.

So his ambition won't be to warm the bench for too long with current No. 1 David De Gea in the team and Neville believes that could be an issue for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heading into the new season.

He said: “I actually never think it is ideal having a situation like this in that position.

“Every time De Gea makes some mistake. I know, we'll be saying on Sky and I know what you'll be saying in your columns: is this Henderson's moment?”

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