Harry Maguire

Maguire targets home improvements

Sunday 01 November 2020 09:00

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has set his sights on 2020/21 being a memorable season, even if the Reds are still without a Premier League win at Old Trafford ahead of Sunday's visit from Arsenal.

Results have certainly improved since the home defeat to Tottenham just under a month ago - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have won three and drawn one of the subsequent matches.

Club captain Maguire missed the trip to Paris for our impressive win against Paris Saint-Germain but returned to the side as we kept clean sheets both in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea and the 5-0 triumph over RB Leipzig.

"With what’s going on at the moment, we're playing so frequently," he told us on Friday. "It’s the start of a season where we want to go on a journey and at the end of it look back with great memories.

“We’re only at the beginning. It’s going to be a tough, long, hard season but one in which we’re building towards something special.”

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After that majestic midweek win in the Champions League, Maguire is hopeful United can pull off another great performance, this time in the Premier League against the Gunners.

"Every game at Old Trafford is important to win," he stated.

"Obviously, this season, we haven’t been able to win at Old Trafford in the Premier League yet but it’s still early days.

“It was a much improved performance against Chelsea, a performance which I feel deserved to win the game. We had the better chances. It was tight and edgy in the first half but in the second half we pushed on, controlled the game and maybe should have gone on to win three points.”

Our captain is clear that he does not expect the elusive home league win to come easily against the North London side.

"When Arsenal come to the ground, you know it’s going to be a tough game," he said.

"They've been impressing lately. They’ve improved a lot, they brought a new manager in last season. But it’s really important that we focus on ourselves like we’ve been doing in recent weeks. If we look at our performance, our talent can shine through and we can get three points."

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In the game, the 27-year-old will do his best to stop the attacking threat of Alexandre Lacazette and last season's Golden Boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"They’ve been tough battles," he said, reflecting on past meetings with Arsenal's most deadly duo.

"They are top strikers in the Premier League. They been proving that year in, year out with Aubameyang scoring goals.

“I remember the game at Old Trafford last year, when it was disappointing to draw. It felt like we had the better chances to win the game. We expect a tough game, like I said, but the most important thing is to keep focusing on ourselves and making sure the performance is right.”

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Sunday's game is the first in November, another busy month for the United players, especially those who will be involved in the international break. The Reds will travel to Turkey to face Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League and also face high-flying Everton away. However, our skipper would not say that this month is more important than any other.

"The Premier League just brings you tasks week in , week out and November is going to be a big month, of course it is. But then so is December, and January.

“Playing for Manchester United, you expect to win every game. Every game is massive. We've [recently] played against Tottenham and Chelsea and now we've got Arsenal and Everton coming up.”

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