Maguire: Players must take big responsibility
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has acknowledged that the squad needs to shoulder a large part of the burden for the recent poor results, which culminated in the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial tenure on Sunday.
The Norwegian departed following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Watford and spoke to the players at Carrington before leaving for the final time.
Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge of the team and he appeared at a press conference on Monday alongside Maguire to preview the upcoming Champions League clash with Villarreal.
And Maguire admitted that he was disappointed that the journey with Solskjaer was on had to come to an end after the loss at Vicarage Road.
"Well, like Michael’s said, I think it’s been a very hard time for us as players as well because of the amount of respect we have for the boss and what he’s done for a lot of us over the two-and-a-half-year period he’s been here,” Maguire told journalists.
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“We've been on a journey together, it’s never nice to see someone lose their job. For him to come in and speak to us yesterday, the emotion around the place… I think yeah, it was difficult to be in.
“All the lads, it shows as a group of lads, how much we want to succeed and like you said, the result on Saturday, it wasn't good enough.
“The results recently haven’t been good enough. It's a results business and, unfortunately, Ole has paid the price for that.
“Obviously, we’ve got to take a big responsibility for that as well."
Harry also shed some light on what the team and Solskjaer discussed on Sunday prior to his departure.
“The manager's come in and he spoke to us and it was an emotional day and everyone’s got a huge amount of respect for Ole and what he’s done for the club,” he added.
“He’s a legend of the club and he will remain a legend for the club. I don’t want to go into too much depth about what he said but he wished us well.
“He said he’d be supporting us, he said we needed to get back on track, get focused for the game against Villarreal now and make sure we go into it with a positive mindset.
“One thing he did say was that he’d be supporting us and wanting us to win every game of football which shows the value of the man.”
For Maguire, the focus now is fully on getting out of the bad patch and moving forward together.
Hopefully, that will start in Spain tomorrow night (Tuesday), where a win over Villarreal will secure our place in the Champions League round of 16 with a game to spare.
“Well, I think, in football, you go through ups and downs and you go through tough times. I think, if you look at the players now at this club, you’ll speak to a lot of them and I think they’ll probably say it’s their toughest time at club level.
“So we know it’s not been good enough, the recent performances haven’t been good enough. We haven’t been delivering individually, but also collectively, and when you’re not doing it collectively, the results pay the price and, like I said, it’s snowballed from one thing to another.
“We’ve got to take huge responsibility for that and we’ve got to find something within ourselves.
“We’ve got to look forward, we’ve got to move this club forward and find something within ourselves, within the group to find that focus and mentality to produce a good performance tomorrow and get the result we need for this club.”