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Manchester United Captain Maguire: "We gave ourselves too much to do."

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

'We have to look at ourselves,' after abysmal loss to RB Leipzig says England defender Maguire.



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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire said the Red Devils “weren’t good enough“ in their Champions League game against RB Leipzig on Tuesday night, adding 'we have to look at ourselves'.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were sent out of Europe’s elite competition following a 3-2 loss to the Bundesliga club last night.


United were three goals down before they responded with two late goals and they didn’t have enough in their tank to seal a comeback.


Before the game at the Red Bull Arena, the Premier League giants needed to avoid a defeat to book their place in the last 16 but in the end, it was a task that was too much for them to handle.


While speaking to BT Sport after the game England defender Maguire said: "We started the game too slow. It wasn't good enough. The first 20 minutes we weren't at it. They put two balls in the box and we failed to deal with them.


"We have to look at ourselves, we gave ourselves too much to do. You've seen how close we came at the end but we started too slow and we can't keep falling behind.


"We said on Saturday at half-time, 2-0 down, the next goal is crucial and we said it again tonight. They made it 3-0 and the task becomes even bigger. The third goal proved to be the crucial one but even three down we came close at the end.


Maguire admits Man Utd were poor against Leipzig [Getty}
Maguire admits Man Utd were poor against Leipzig [Getty}

"I don't want to look at excuses. We have to go out and be aggressive, win balls. That's the basics. If you can't defend crosses you're going to lose games. I don't want to look at shape - it's not an excuse.


"It's a tough group but we felt we should get through. That's the standards of this club. I'm gutted for everyone, we worked so hard to reach this competition. No matter what group we got it would be tough. We have to do more."


Man Utd now have to channel their attention to the Manchester derby at Old Trafford this weekend.



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