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Man Utd captain Maguire - "The game should have been gone" at half-time.

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was disappointed the Red Devils weren't able to score more goals against Everton despite being on the 'front foot' from the start.

United registered 21 shots in the first half against the Merseyside club, their highest on record (since 2003-04) in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game, as they maintained their push to secure a top-four finish with a 2-0 victory over relegation battlers Everton.

Scotland international Scott McTominay broke the deadlock at Old Trafford in the 36th minute as he finished off an assist from Jadon Sancho that went past the resilient goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

And in the second half, substitute Anthony Martial calmly slotted Marcus Rashford's pass into the net to ensure back-to-back league wins for Erik ten Hag's side. It was the Frenchman's first league goal since December after months out with injury.

After the match, Man United defender Maguire, who made his sixth Premier League start of the season, told BT Sport: "The game should have been gone. The lads started the game on the front foot and we were disappointed to go in with it only 1-0 [at half-time]."

"We were aggressive and we had a game plan. We got in behind them many times. We didn't let them out of their half and that's the aim at Old Trafford. That's the aim we have every game we play."

Asked what he thought of the return of Anthony Martial and Christian Eriksen, Maguire told BBC MOTD: "It's huge. I've spoken about the squad already. We need high competition for places. It's great to have Anthony back and Christian came on and really helped see the game out for us. It's a great boost for us to have them back and available for the crucial part of the season."

'It was a good win.'

United goalscorer McTominay told BT Sport: "Obviously it's nice to score. We could have scored three or four in the first half, We have to be more clinical, and I'm sure that's what the manager will say.

"I thought after the reaction against Brentford and the win on Wednesday, and [the result] last week at Newcastle, it was a good win.

"We wanted to play on the front foot and create chances and that's what we did."

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