Maguire focused on maintaining momentum

Harry Maguire says that he and his Manchester United team-mates are relishing the opportunity to maintain the fantastic run we’re on, as the Reds get set to take on Liverpool on Sunday.

United go into the mouthwatering clash three points ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s men at the top of the league. Maguire says there is a real feeling of confidence and belief in the Reds camp, but the focus is not the on title race, but rather on simply keeping that good feeling going with another three points.

“It’s a massive game and this is why we play for this club,” he told club media’s Mark Sullivan. “We want to play for this club in the biggest games possible and it’s a big game to be involved in and one we’re looking forward to.

“You walk out with immense pride [wearing the shirt in these matches] and it’s a real privilege to be selected if you’re in the starting XI. The main focus isn’t about ourselves or playing against Liverpool it’s about going there and winning the game. We know it’s tough, their record speaks for itself but we’re going into the game full of confidence and full of momentum and we go there looking to win.

“We’re not looking at that [being top],” he added. “We’re seeing it as a big game, I don’t need to hype the game up any more, but for ourselves and our fans we want to keep our momentum going. We’ve had a good record away from home, it’s really important to go there with great belief and confidence and go there and try to get the victory.”

Maguire continues to rank highly when it comes to individual player Premier League stats and his consistency at the back has played a huge part in our excellent rise up the table.

The skipper says he takes pride in positive numbers, but only if the team is doing well, and he had a message for the fans ahead of Sunday’s game.

“I saw the post the club put up about my stats and stats are really nice when you’re winning games,” he said. “Aerial duels are a big part of my game, to play on the front foot and intercept and win the ball back for your team. Dominating in the air is a big part and a big strength of my game and it’s nice to see the stats. But my focus is always the team.

“Obviously we’re so disappointed the fans can’t be in the stadium, not just at Anfield, but for the last however long it’s been,” he added. “It’s really disappointing that we’ve not had them there to celebrate the goals we’ve scored and the games we’ve won. But we feel their support from behind the TV screens so I say to them to stick with us and keep supporting us and one day they’ll be back in the stadium celebrating with us.”