Updated: May 9
United captain Maguire says he can see the improvement at the club.
Harry Maguire Manchester United Skipper Has Been Impressive At Old Trafford.
Harry Maguire says Manchester United want to be fighting for the Premier League titles, not merely a Champions League spot. England defender Maguire joined the Red Devils from Leicester City for £80m last summer, and became club captain in January following the departure of Ashley Young to Serie A club Inter Milan. Man United were in fine form before the season was brought to a halt due to the COVID-19 crisis, but they currently sit in the fifth spot in the Premier League table, three points off fourth-placed Chelsea and 37 points behind table-toppers Liverpool. Speaking to Sky Sports' Gary Neville and Geoff Shreeves for The Football Show, the former Foxes' centre-half says the 20-time champions are keen to return to the club to glory days. The United skipper Maguire said: "I think you can see from the start of the season we look a lot more like a team, we can probably see where we want to go, where we want to head. I knew when I first came to Manchester United that Ole said to me loads and loads it's a building process but we'll be where we want to be. I can see where we're heading and the style he wants to implement on the team. "Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of aspects we need to improve to get to the top of where we want to be. We don't want to be challenging for this Champions League spot, we want to be challenging for titles. "We know there's still a lot of improvement to get there, but we're on the right track and I'm sure eventually we will get there." United have registered nine clean sheets out of 11 matches, winning a total of eight and drawing three since their 2-0 defeat to Sean Dyche's Burnley in January. And, the 27-year-old English man reckons the improvement at the back is because they now have 'a settled back four'.
He said: "One thing we've shored up on is defending set plays. If you look at our record before the run of clean sheets, defending set plays we were up there with one of the worst in the league. If you can't defend set plays and you're not scoring at the other end through them you're not going to stand a chance of reaching where you want to go, it's such a big part of the game now. "We've gelled together, it's a new back four, Luke [Shaw] has been playing really, really well of late. We've got Aaron [Wan-Bissaka], me and Vic (Victor Lindelof). Eric [Bailly] is coming back and is pushing for a place, which makes everyone up their games, because when he's come in he's done really well. "We've got a settled back four and we're just learning each other's games really well."
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