Harry Maguire

Maguire's honest assessment

Tuesday 08 December 2020 23:16

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was truly disappointed after the defeat to RB Leipzig meant an early exit from the Champions League.

RB Leipzig took an early lead and went into the break two goals up, before adding a third 20 minutes from time despite strong United pressure.

Bruno Fernandes got one back from the penalty spot on 80 minutes before substitute Paul Pogba scored our second shortly after. A point would have been enough to see us through to the knockout stages, but it wasn’t to be for United this time around.

Maguire: We’re very disappointed Video

Maguire: We’re very disappointed

United captain Harry Maguire fronted up after the Reds’ exit from the Champions League…

The skipper spoke to MUTV following the defeat, and made his feelings known.

“We had belief and confidence going into this game that we were going to go here and get a result,” Harry said. "We started the game really poor, went two goals down. And then… for 60 minutes of the game we’re the strong force and much better team. We need a third goal but the third goal didn’t come.

“We knew going into half-time that the third goal was going to be crucial, we said the same on Saturday but today we didn’t manage to get it. We had a lot of shots, Bruno’s hit the bar with a great free-kick and on another day that goes in. We've got to look at ourselves.

“It’s not good enough for this club to go out in the group in the Champions League. We’re very disappointed.”

Despite being three goals down, Maguire says the team never gave up hope of turning it around.

“We knew at half-time that the third goal was crucial in the game," he said. 

“We piled all sorts of pressure on them and they scored with their first attack... It's disappointing, again. We've got to look at ourselves with that.

“At 3-0, we felt we could change the game, we knew we could score goals. When we get that little bit of momentum, we see how close we came at the end. It's incredible how the ball didn't find the back of the net of [Mukiele's] toe. I was there ready to tap it in as well. It's disappointing, we gave ourselves too much to do and that's not good enough.”