Harry Maguire.

Maguire apologises to fans after Liverpool defeat

Sunday 24 October 2021 19:43

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has issued an apology to the Reds' fanbase after we were beaten 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford.

In what was an extremely disappointing display across the 90 minutes, the Reds were also reduced to 10 men as Paul Pogba was shown a straight red card following a challenge with Liverpool midfielder, Naby Keita.

Speaking to MUTV's Stewart Gardner following the defeat, the United skipper began: ‘’First and foremost, apologies to the fans, we need to be better and it’s not good enough.

Maguire: Our fans deserve more than that Video

Maguire: Our fans deserve more than that

“First and foremost, apologies to the fans, we need to be better and it’s not good enough,” says Harry…

‘’They deserve more and when we’re coming off the pitch 5-0 down against our rivals, with the Stretford End still singing, we obviously appreciate that but, deep down within ourselves, we know we’ve got to do much more,’’ added the United defender.

The damage was largely done within the first 45 minutes for Maguire and his side, as Liverpool raced into a 4-0 half-time lead with Mohamed Salah (2), Naby Keita and Diogo Jota netting in front of the Stretford End before the Egypt forward added his third and his side's fifth, five minutes into the second half.

The result leaves United seventh in the table, with the Reds' next outing a trip to the capital to face Tottenham Hotspur next Saturday as Maguire insists it is a question of responding to this setback.

‘’I think, mentally for the lads, it will hurt," he added. "These are the big games that you come to the club to be a part of and to play in, so obviously it’s going to hurt. I think everyone needs to take a look at themselves in the mirror.

"You’re playing for pride. We spoke at half-time and a lot was said at the break and obviously that’s something that will stay in the dressing room, as it should do. To concede so soon after the first half from our perspective to lose the ball so cheaply in midfield and, with one pass, they're in and in on our goal, it’s not acceptable. We’ve got to improve and we know that and like you say, the red card forces into having to sit back and to try [to latch] onto small margins for the rest of the game."

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The boss provides a frank assessment of the loss, saying he knows this feels like "rock bottom".

The centre-back explained: ‘’We need to look at we can do better and then stick together as a group, stick together as a unit and, obviously, we would much prefer a game in midweek but that’s not to be and we’ve got a week now to make sure we put things right.

‘’It’s still early on in the season, we’ve still got a lot of things to go to try and win. Like I say, I’ll keep coming back to the phrase that, today, it just wasn’t good enough.’’

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