Maguire Hails Man Utd’s Progress But Says There Is Room To Improve

File photo: Manchester United’s English defender Harry Maguire gestures at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on January 11, 2020. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire hailed the huge progress the Red Devils have made in his 18 months at the club but said much more improvement was needed to deliver major trophies.

United extended their unbeaten league run to 12 matches and their away record to 16 without defeat with a 0-0 draw at Liverpool on Sunday to remain top of the Premier League.

A mammoth 33 points divided the sides last season as Liverpool romped to their first league title in 30 years.

However, a much tighter fight for the title is in store this season, with just five points separating the top six.

“You can see how much we have improved since I’ve been here,” said Maguire, who joined for a world-record fee for a defender from Leicester in August 2019.

“As a team we are on the up but there is loads of improvement we need to make, and make a lot more progress to get to where we want to be.

“We wanted to win the game but we keep the momentum going of not losing, especially away from home.”

United’s last domestic defeat away from home came at Anfield a year ago, when they were comfortably beaten 2-0.

 

Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (2R) hugs Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (3L) after the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 17, 2021. The math ended 0-0. PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side were not at their best on Sunday, but they showed a maturity to keep Liverpool at bay and could have won the game late on, with Alisson Becker denying Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

“Last time we played here we didn’t have any confidence or momentum,” said Maguire. “The first half felt like we didn’t play well, we felt we could have been brave and hurt them a bit more.

“We didn’t play with belief and courage and I felt the second half was much more like ourselves.

“We are improving but we still need to do better with and without the ball.”

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Solskjaer feels the next step for his side is to start taking the game to their main rivals.

Despite their position at the top United have failed to win against Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, City and Tottenham this season.

“I think it showed throughout the game that the belief grew,” the manager said. “Next time we play them here, or after this experience, we need to impose ourselves on the game.

“Not take a few more risks but we can do better and that is a good feeling to have that I know we can do better — keep trying to do the right things even though you might make the odd mistake.”

AFP

Greek Police Arrest Man United Star Harry Maguire

 In this file photo taken on July 26, 2020 Manchester United’s English defender Harry Maguire reacts during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England. Oli SCARFF / POOL / AFP

 

 

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been arrested on the Greek tourist island of Mykonos for an alleged assault and attacking officers, police said Friday.

United said in a brief statement they were “aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night.”

“Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully cooperating with the Greek authorities.

“At this time we will be making no further comment,” the club added.

A police officer in Syros, the capital of the island group that includes Mykonos, confirmed that the suspects are “three British men, including a British football club player” but did not name Maguire.

The Syros officer said four Mykonos officers had sustained slight injuries in the fracas. The suspects are also accused of resisting arrest and verbally insulting and threatening the arresting officers, he said.

He said Mykonos police had been called to break up a fight between two groups late on Thursday.

Greek state agency ANA said a fight had broken out between British tourists outside a bar.

The agency identified the suspects as Maguire, his brother and a friend.

ANA said the police had asked the suspects to follow them to the police station with the van but when they arrived, they attempted to flee.

They will appear before a Syros prosecutor later Friday, the Syros officer said.

AFP