Maguire: We didn't do enough

Saturday 24 February 2024 18:33

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire believes we should have been ‘more cautious’ at the climax against Fulham, as a late goal saw us beaten 2-1 deep into stoppage time.

The centre-back equalised to set up what looked like being a grandstand finale in front of the Stretford End, only for the Cottagers to deliver a sucker punch through Alex Iwobi.

“This season, we’ve scored numerous late goals, numerous late winners, so we had great belief that we were going to go on to win the game,” he told MUTV at full-time. 

“In hindsight, we can sit here and say that we should have been more cautious, it was far too naive. 

“We can look back and I’m sure we’ll asses it in terms of areas that we can improve on, but, ultimately over the 90 minutes, we didn’t do enough to win the game.” 

Maguire assesses Fulham defeat Video

Maguire assesses Fulham defeat

United's goalscorer Harry Maguire reviews a disappointing afternoon at Old Trafford...

The loss of Rasmus Hojlund through injury prior to this game meant the Reds had a reshuffle up top, which Maguire believes had an obvious impact on our set-up.

“He [Rasmus] is a big player for us,” he said. “He’s been the focal point leading the press with playing balls into him - he’s holding it up, he’s scoring goals for us.

“To lose him yesterday was really disappointing; but you’re not only losing Rasmus, but Marcus [Rashford] has been playing well off the left and he’s had to go up front. Garna [Alejandro Garnacho] has been on the right and gone to the left, so you lose the rhythm.”
Despite missing crucial players, Erik ten Hag’s men still gave our all in a bid to find a way back into the game but were undone by a “clinical counter-attack”, says Harry. 

“I thought the reaction [to going behind] was really good. All the boys pushing, fighting, doing everything they can to get back into the game. We thoroughly deserved the equaliser. 

“Then we went on and we pushed, we had all the pressure, all the momentum and the belief was there that we were going to go on and win the game. 

“In the end, we’ve probably just thrown one too many bodies forward and left the middle of the pitch open, and they’ve punished us with a clinical counter-attack.” 

United 1 Fulham 2


Late drama goes against the Reds this time with the Cottagers making it a bad day at Old Trafford.

The next week will be crucial for the Reds, with a midweek Emirates FA Cup clash and the Manchester derby to come. 

“We know it’s going to be a tough game in midweek, our full focus is on that one,” he told us. 

“We’ve got to bounce back - a big reaction needed, it’s going to be a tough game but one that we’ve got to go there and produce a performance like we did there last year.”