Harry Maguire levels criticism at entire Man Utd team after Southampton draw
July. 14, 2020
Harry Maguire says the entire Manchester United team were guilty of surrendering possession too easily, after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Southampton at Old Trafford on Monday night.
The Red Devils had come from behind and held a 2-1 lead in injury time, but substitute Michael Obafemi poked home from a corner in the 96th minute to pinch a point for the Saints.
It is a big blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ’s side as a win would have seen them climb to third in the table while a draw leaves them fifth and outside the Champions League places.
Maguire was left frustrated with his side’s inability to close out the victory, admitting United weren’t at their best, with every player in the team not good enough in possession and the forwards not clinical enough with their chances.
‘Yeah we’re disappointed. We got control of the game, had numerous chances to kill the game off,’ the defender told Sky Sports.
‘We weren’t at our best, there’s loads of areas we need to improve in, but we did enough to win the game and a set-play has killed us in the end.
‘They’re a team with no pressure on them, coming to Old Trafford, no fans, playing for pride in the league but cant get relegated and cant get Europe.
”We knew they were going to press, they pressed like mad, jumped like mad and we didn’t handle it well enough in the first 20 minutes, gave them a soft goal.
‘We got ourselves back into the game, where we wanted to be, but the second half was a bit of a slog.
‘We wasn’t good enough on the ball, gave the ball away far too much, as a team, everyone in the team.
‘We brought a bit of pressure onto ourselves but we felt like we did enough to win the game in the end and we should kill it off with a third goal.’
Manchester United can count themselves unlucky that they were down to 10 men when the equaliser went in as substitute Brandon Williams had to leave the field with a head injury after all their changes had been made.
However, Maguire wasn’t looking for excuses, knowing his side should be good enough to defend a corner with points on the line.
‘Obviously going down to 10 men is unfortunate, hopefully Brandon is okay, I haven’t seen him yet,’ continued the United captain.
‘I haven’t looked at it but we’ve been really good lately, defending set-plays is something we’ve been really good on lately.’
United’s European fate remains in their own hands as victories over Crystal Palace, West Ham and Leicester in their final three games will see them claim a Champions League place, potentially leapfrogging the Foxes on the final day of the season.
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