Harry Maguire: Fans could have changed our season

Monday 17 May 2021 16:00

Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire believes the presence of supporters might have altered the course of the Reds’ season.

United are currently second in the Premier League table, and could yet conclude 2020/21 by lifting the Europa League trophy, but the defender is tantalised by what a full Old Trafford would have contributed to our cause.

Maguire was speaking to the official matchday programme, United Review, ahead of our match with Fulham on Tuesday (kick-off 18:00 BST), where around 10,000 supporters will return to the Theatre of Dreams for the first time in 14 months.

And, while the centre-half cannot wait to play in front of the Red Army again as he is ruled out with an ankle injury, he suggested that our season could have been even better in ‘normal’ circumstances. 

There have been games where weve needed them, admitted the club captain. Weve drawn 0-0 far too many times this season.

Would the fans have given us that boost, that little bit of energy, that spark to change the momentum and to go and get a winner? You dont know. But we cant wait to get them back.

Weve done our best over a period, but fans make football and the atmosphere they create, you cant create it yourself. So to get them back in this stadium, even if its a small minority, is better than nothing.”
United’s away record has been phenomenal this season, while away wins outnumber home victories across the entire Premier League. So does our no.5 think home-and-away advantage is different without crowds?

“You only have to look at the statistics to see that,” replied Harry. “The energy a full Old Trafford gives the boys, and the intimidation that they give the opposition team, is going to make a difference, for sure. You still feel at home when you play at Old Trafford, but its not the same.

“The fans can definitely help swing the momentum in games. It only takes a corner, a set-play, and the fans get right behind you and the momentum swings.”

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The boss says Harry is quietly confident he will be fit for the Europa League final.

And, of course, fans can not only help to swing games, but add a certain, unquantifiable magic to great moments of celebration within football matches something which Maguire has also missed.

The Leeds home game would have been such a great spectacle with the atmosphere they could have created. The second half of the Roma game, I couldnt imagine how the atmosphere would have been.

It means absolutely everything to us as players. One thing weve realised through this pandemic is how much fans mean to football and how much fans mean to this football club. Pretty soo,n we can have Old Trafford rocking and a full stadium again thats what weve got to aim for.

You can read Harrys interview in full within the Fulham issue of United Review. Purchase your copy by clicking here or access the programme for free if you are a season-ticket holder.

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