Harry Maguire celebrates scoring for Manchester United against Tranmere Rovers.

Maguire & Lingard reflect on memorable victory

Sunday 26 January 2020 18:27

Manchester United duo Harry Maguire and Jesse Lingard were delighted to get on the scoresheet during Sunday’s 6-0 demolition of Tranmere Rovers.

The Reds ensured our progression to the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup with an emphatic scoreline and performance on Merseyside, while six different scorers found the back of the net.

Two of those - Harry and Jesse - were interviewed on the muddy Prenton Park pitch immediately after the full-time whistle and admitted it was fantastic to score and help the team reach the last 16 of the cup.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Maguire told BT Sport. “I’ve had a lot of chances this year and I haven’t been able to find the back of the net.

“It’s great to put one in, help the team and get into the next round.”

Jesse echoed those sentiments, saying: “It’s always great to score a goal and help the team. A lot of people contributed today and it was a well-rounded performance from everyone.

“We stuck at it and we knew it was going to be tough. These are always difficult places to come but we’re into the next round.”
Our no.14 was voted Man of the Match on Sunday by our Official App users, with him earning 45 per cent of the nominations, beating Mason Greenwood (34 per cent) and Phil Jones (20 per cent) to the award.

“The goal always helps, especially to settle the crowd down,” Jesse added. “Once we got one we wanted two and three and we carried on with that.”

Much was made of the bobbly playing surface at Prenton Park and Maguire admitted the Reds did well to play such attacking football on the wet and sticky pitch.

“It was difficult, but it was the same for both teams,” Maguire said. “It was hard in the warm-up and then we got used to it."
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“We knew we had to get it down and play - if we would have played them at their game, they probably would have beat us. The lads did really well.

“Coming off a bad performance and result against Burnley we really set our stall out to put in a positive performance for the fans," he added. "To get into the next round is what we came to do.”

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