Monday 16 September 2019

'We need to show arrogance' - Harry Maguire's message for Man United after stuttering start to season

Harry Maguire wants to see more arrogance from Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)
Harry Maguire wants to see more arrogance from Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Harry Maguire has urged Manchester United's players to show more belief in their abilities after a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

The world's most expensive defender has had a positive impact at United since his £80m move from Leicester, but United have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three Premier League matches and head into the international break with five points from their opening four games.

Maguire suggests that total should have been more as he suggested lapses of concentration at both ends of the pitch have been costly in a 1-1 draw at Wolves and a home defeat against Crystal Palace.

"We're Man United and we want to control games," declared Maguire. "We deserved to win at Wolves and then we conceded two shots against Palace and they scored two.

"They've not really had a chance apart from obviously the one building up to the goal and then the header as well so it's another set-play, the same as Wolves.

"I feel like we've been really fairly solid defensively, but the fine margins are the set-plays and things are punishing us at the moment and we're not being clinical at the other end.

"We're playing attacking football. I think we can definitely improve a lot, especially on the ball. We gave the ball away far too much, especially towards the end of the first and start of the second half.

"We were giving it away sloppy, and we need to improve on that and show arrogance on the ball and be confident on the ball.

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Southampton’s Che Adams (centre) clashes with Ashley Young (left) and Maguire (Mark Kerton/PA)

"I feel like in the last 20 of the first and the first 20 of the second we didn't really control the game and I think we got punished for that really.

"Probably 15 minutes either side of half-time they've had the better of the play and they've come away with a point.

"You've seen the confidence of the players when they went down to 10 men.

"They seemed like they wanted the ball, everyone wanted to create a chance and we did enough in that 15 minutes to score a goal.

"We've got to be more clinical. We had numerous crosses, numerous balls across the box, we need someone to just put their head in where it hurts and go and get the three points.

"But, listen, sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't, and we feel like we've been a bit unlucky in the first few games of the season and our performances have warranted more points.

"But it will come. We'll keep working hard, keep improving - like I said we need to improve -and hopefully we'll be fine for the next game."

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