Harry: We missed that cutting edge

Sunday 25 April 2021 16:56

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has delivered an honest assessment after Sunday's 0-0 draw with Leeds.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side dominated the possession and chances in Yorkshire, but could not find a way to the goal in our first Premier League match at Elland Road in 18 years.

Reds skipper Harry Maguire had a couple of chances following well-worked set-pieces and was solid defensively as we kept our 13th clean sheet of the league campaign.

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After his 49th United appearance of the campaign, our trusted captain analysed the encounter with Marcelo Balsa's side.

"I think we created some good chances, enough to score but not enough [in the end]," Maguire told Sky Sports in his post-match interview.

"We knew how they were going to play, especially here. We felt it at Old Trafford, we capitalised on the spaces that they left. Our attacking players love a one versus one and today it wasn’t to be.

"We created a few chances, a couple good enough to score a goal. We kept them to a minimum and we were really good and solid. We just couldn’t find the cutting edge."

United's two best chances of the afternoon in Yorkshire came either side of the interval.

In the first half, Marcus Rashford went close with a powerful free-kick from range but Illan Meslier in the Leeds net did well to save our no.10's strike from range. Then, after the break, Bruno Fernandes dragged a low-driven shot just wide of the post.

"It was close," Harry said, when asked about Marcus' free-kick.

"Bruno probably had the biggest chance of the game in the second half. On another day he puts that in the back of the net and we take all three points.

"Like I say, it was a tight and edgy game. We worked the right way, defensively we pressed them. We had a lot of control of the game without being clinical enough."

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Next up for the Reds is the first leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-final against Roma. Between the two legs, the first of which is at home on Thursday, we face Liverpool at Old Trafford next Sunday as United enter a crucial period of the campaign.

"Yeah, it’s big week ahead and we need to improve on today, for sure," our captain emphasised.

"We need to be more clinical in the final third. Obviously, Roma in the Europa League is going to be a tough tie and one we look forward to, and Liverpool at Old Trafford - a big week. We need to go into it full of confidence and improve on what we showed today."