Harry Maguire predicted EXACTLY how he’d score first league goal for Manchester United against Chelsea, brother reveals
Feb. 18, 2020
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire knew he would score against Chelsea on Monday night, and even predicted EXACTLY how he would find the net at Stamford Bridge.
The centre-back scored his first Premier League goal in a Red Devils shirt to help seal a 2-0 victory over the Blues , a result which blew the top-four race wide open.
He was fortunate to even be on the pitch, having earlier astonishingly escaped a red card for what looked like a kick out at Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi… in his special place.
But it appears that decision to let him off the hook may have been fate, as he predicted ahead of the game that he would score against Frank Lampard’s side.
Following the game, Maguire’s brother Laurence – who plays for Chesterfield – shared a text he had received from the United captain before the game had kicked off.
And it appears the England international is some kind of football oracle, or perhaps it’s just a sign of what confidence can do to a player, as he correctly predicted exactly how he’d score against the Blues.
And he did just that – there was just no stopping him as Maguire towered over the Chelsea defence to thump in a header from an in-swinging Bruno Fernandes’ corner on 66 minutes in west London.
The goal was Maguire’s first in the league but second overall in a Man United shirt, having opened his account for the club in their 6-0 FA Cup win over Tranmere.
However, his strike and United’s win was not without controversy as he escaped a red card despite kicking out at Chelsea striker Batshuayi.
Maguire insisted following the match that he had no intention of hurting the Chelsea player, explaining that it was his ‘natural reaction’ to try and stop Batshuayi from falling over.
He also revealed he apologised to the Belgian striker and thanked the match officials for ‘seeing sense’.
But Lampard – whose side also had two goals chalked off – was left questioning what exactly VAR is for if the incident wasn’t even reviewed by the on-pitch referee.
“Maguire should get a red card and then he scores the second goal, and the game changes off that,” said the Chelsea boss.
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“That’s a major part of what VAR was for. The referee can’t see all the angles and if you’re not going to use the pitchside monitor, I don’t understand it.
“The Zouma goal should have stood. [Cesar] Azpilicueta gets shoved in the first place. It’s certainly not clear and obvious.
“The Maguire one, it’s just a wrong decision isn’t it, which is harder to take with the presence of VAR than it would have been before.
“Love it or hate it, if something happens and they don’t make the right decision, it’s very confusing to say the least. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said the same thing.”
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