Harry Maguire Admits Man Utd Gamers Should Be taught ‘Fundamentals of Soccer’
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire bemoaned his facet’s failure to do the “fundamentals of soccer” throughout their 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig, a end result which despatched them crashing out of the Champions League.
United have been 2-0 down inside 13 minutes on the Purple Bull Enviornment with the hosts scoring two close to an identical objectives – each of which have been preventable. A comedy of defensive errors involving Victor Lindelof, Maguire and David de Gea then allowed the hosts so as to add a 3rd within the second half, earlier than the Purple Devils, as in order that they so typically do, rallied late on with a few late objectives.
After the sport, Maguire fronted as much as the press, and admitted that United’s defending had been poor, notably within the opening exchanges.
“It wasn’t adequate for the primary 20 minutes. We weren’t at it,” Maguire confessed, quoted by MailOnline Sport. “We had nice perception, we got here shut (to equalising) on the finish, however finally we now have to cease giving objectives away and falling behind. I do not wish to take a look at excuses.
“There are 11 our bodies on the market who must do the fundamentals of soccer. We began the sport too slowly. We did not take care of crosses and that’s the reason we have been crushed. We’ve acquired to do extra.”
United’s poor defending was notably irritating for supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a draw would have been sufficient to see his facet safely by way of to the knockout phases. Nonetheless, as an alternative of protecting it tight, Leipzig opened them up time after time with a string of diagonal passes to their ahead pondering wing-backs.
The Norwegian agreed with Maguire relating to the character of United’s defending, however insisted that his gamers ‘cannot really feel sorry for themselves’ for too lengthy as they flip their consideration to this weekend’s Manchester Derby.
So far as Europe goes, the Purple Devils now drop into the Europa League Spherical of 32, a contest they reached the semi-finals of final season earlier than bowing out to eventual winners Sevilla.
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