Harry Maguire speaking during the press conference ahead of Manchester United v Partizan Belgrade.

Maguire: Playing in Europe is another challenge

Harry Maguire has said he is ‘relishing’ the prospect of potentially featuring in his first European game for Manchester United, when we lock horns with Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.

While our summer signing has a wealth of experience facing Europe’s top sides on the international stage, he has actually only once before played in a continental club tournament.

That clash came in 2014, when Maguire and his then Hull City team-mates lost 1-0 in a Europa League qualifier against Belgian outfit KSC Lokeren.

A lot has changed for the England defender since then and, after sitting out both of our European games so far this season, Harry could be in line to play in Serbia.

Maguire's ready for the Belgrade atmosphereVideo

“When you sign for a club like Man United, you want to play in the biggest games possible,”
our no.5 told the assembled media, ahead of the encounter with Partizan.

“Playing in Europe is another challenge. It’s something I’m looking forward to, something I’m relishing.

“I want to play in the biggest games with the biggest pressure and that’s why I signed for a club like Man United, one of the biggest in the world. I’m looking forward to challenging myself under the lights in European football.”
The centre-back, of course, joined the Reds from Premier League rivals Leicester City over the summer and was asked in the press conference about how he has settled in at Old Trafford.

“I’m enjoying being part of such a big club,”
he said.
“I’m going to be part of this club for the future - I signed a long-term contract here, so I knew I was coming in straight away and aiming to bridge the gap to the top two [in the Premier League]. 

“I’m looking forward to progressing in the future and I want to be part of that,”
he added.
The Reds have found it tough to pick up points on our travels this season and, ahead of a run of four consecutive away games, Maguire said he is confident our results on the road will soon start to improve.

“It’s not nice when you’re not winning away from home, so it’s something that we’re working on,”
said the 26-year-old.
“We’ve got four tough away games now and we’re looking for victories in those games. Hopefully we can kick-start that with a win tomorrow.”


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