Maguire: It's not about me
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire detailed his emotions following our 2-0 win against Leeds United.
The defender captained the Reds to victory in West Yorkshire in a fixture he scored in last year.
After being recalled to the side by Erik ten Hag, he produced a resolute performance in helping to keep a clean sheet and the boss was keen to point out the centre-back is an important player.
"We have seen him in a lot of games already," said the manager. "He played also against Reading and, in other games, he came on. I think he played against Bournemouth too. He will play his games definitely. We need him. He's a good player. We have competition and top quality in the backline but it's nice internal competition and we need that as a team to win games."
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Harry was quick to deflect the attention on to his team-mates, saying, “We had to dig in in the second half, but we focused and knew that our quality would come through.
"Winning the game is the most important [thing] – it’s not about myself. I’m the captain of the team, I put the team miles before myself, and whether I’m playing or not, I want the team to do well and be successful.”
Maguire starred in the backline for United, as we recorded our ninth league clean sheet of the season.
“It’s been a good season up to now”, the captain said to Sky Sports. “We still [need] a lot of improvement and the big games are coming, but it’s nice to come in and get a clean sheet and victory – it’s a good one for the fans.
“We knew we had to fight and battle for every ball and keep the ball out of our net. I think it is a credit to the lads that we stuck with it, the spirit and fight that we showed.“We know how important this fixture is to our fans, having not got it [three points] at Old Trafford during the week, we were disappointed. Today was about revenge, and we got that.”
The victory at Elland Road means that Ten Hag’s side continue our momentum, with just one loss in our last 10 Premier League games. The Reds have picked up 25 from the last 30 points available, while also still competing in the Carabao Cup, Emirates FA Cup and Europa League.