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Maguire happy with clean sheet at Carrow Road and admits “we have to do better.”

Norwich 0-1 Man Utd.


Maguire was happy with the clean sheet and confessed that Man Utd stars: “have been very disappointed with our defensive record this year, we know we need to do better.”


Man United captain Maguire speaking to Sky Sports at Carrow Road [Screen Shot]
Man United captain Maguire speaking to Sky Sports at Carrow Road [Screen Shot]

Centre-back Harry Maguire acknowledged that Manchester United’s clash against Norwich “was a tough game” and “we didn’t play as well as we’d like to play.” The England international also said the Red Devils needed “to dig in and keep a clean sheet” at Carrow Road, which they did on Saturday evening. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty that earned United a narrow victory over The Canaries to maintain Ralf Rangnick's unbeaten start as interim manager. The Portuguese goal machine Ronaldo sent goalkeeper Tim Krul the wrong way in the 75th minute after he had been pulled down by Max Aarons in the 18-yard box. United weren’t at their best and offered little in attack before the goal, though left-back Alex Telles hit the bar with a deflected free-kick in the first half.

Ronaldo scored the only goal at Carrow Road. (Sky Sports Screen Shot)
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal from the penalty spot at Carrow Road. (Sky Sports Screen Shot)

The Reds also had goalkeeper David de Gea to thank for his fine display between the sticks as he denied Teemu Pukki and Ozan Kabak. The victory means United moved above Arsenal and Tottenham into fifth place, while Norwich stay bottom on goal difference, three points from safety.


'De Gea did great'

After the win, Man United captain Maguire, gave his opinion on the game and lauded De Gea for doing great. He told Sky Sports: "It was a tough game, we didn’t play as well as we’d like to play, sometimes you need to dig in and keep a clean sheet. "When you're playing every week, some performances aren’t going to be at the highest level. We want to reach a level where every performance is high intensity, for sure we need to play better than that if we want to achieve what we want to achieve. "The most important thing was the three points. It was tough conditions, they put us under pressure they were aggressive. If we keep a clean sheet, you’ve got a great chance of winning. "In the last 10 or 15 minutes, we didn’t look after the ball well enough. You see the top teams do it – they don’t play well every week but they still get the result. "We’ve been very disappointed with our defensive record this year, we know we need to do better. David de Gea did great today."


David De Gea of Man United (Sky Sports Screen Shot)
David De Gea of Man United (Sky Sports Screen Shot)

'I’m feeling strong, very confident'

De Gea added: "It’s a massive win for us. Norwich have improved a lot with their new manager. We could play better, to be honest. In the last 15 minutes we gave the ball away too easily.

"I was feeling very good, I was enjoying the game, I was focussed, I knew I had to make a couple of saves so I made them and helped the team win the game. Every save is important – especially when the team wins.

"I’m feeling very good, very strong, very confident. The most important thing is helping the team with my experience.

When quizzed about playing under Rangnick, the Spaniard replied: "It’s good, we’re defending better, today we conceded too many chances but he wants me to be ready for the long ball in-behind because he wants us to play very high, I have to be focussed for the whole game."


On defender Victor Lindelof's medical issue, he asserted: "When you see players like that feeling a bit... I don’t know what was going on, but we’ve seen already with Christian Eriksen, sometimes it’s a bit difficult to see your player acting like this so sometimes it’s better to change.


"He was having difficulty breathing and something was strange."


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