Harry Maguire

Maguire: Munich is so important to us all

Saturday 06 February 2021 11:00

Harry Maguire says the Munich anniversary will always be an important part of Manchester United's history as the Reds prepare to honour those who lost their lives so tragically.

Our captain will be joined by his counterpart from this Saturday's opponents Everton in laying wreaths on the pitch before kick-off, on behalf of the current players and staff, in tribute to the 23 people who suffered fatal injuries on that awful afternoon 63 years ago.

Maguire spoke to us ahead of the match, which will be an emotional occasion for everyone connected to the club, and said he and the players will be doing their utmost to mark the day with a win.

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Fans can watch a recorded memorial service this Saturday, with crowds still not permitted at Old Trafford.

"It’s obviously an important day," Harry declared. "It’s very rare that we get to play on the actual date and I’m sure it will be a special occasion.

"I’m disappointed the fans can’t be here for it, but I’m sure they’ll all be at home watching and we, as players, know how important this day is. 

"It will be something we think about before [the game] and when we walk out and I’ll be laying a wreath before the match on the players’ behalf and the staff as well. It’s special for everyone to be involved in and, as we’ve said, it’s a rare occasion [to play on the anniversary].

"It’s an inspiration [to us], it was such a tragic day in this club’s history but we take inspiration from it. We know it will be a tough day for a lot of people, but hopefully we can put on a good performance and get the three points and make everyone smile."

Speaking to us before Tuesday's incredible 9-0 win over Southampton, Harry also talked about the importance of keeping focused and calm amid both good and bad results.

"What’s really important is not getting too high when you win a couple of games and not getting too low when you lose one," he explained.

"You know that the table and the points tally can always change within two or three weeks. You can see yourself fighting at the top, then all of a sudden you can be in fourth or fifth position. So it’s really important that if you do have a bad performance and a defeat, which none of us want, we all want to play well and win every game of football like we expect to.

"But the likelihood is that, every now and again, you might have a bad performance or a result that doesn’t go your way and you’ve got to bounce back straight away with a positive performance and a positive result.

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The skipper is relishing the duel with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, as he praises the form of two red-hot United men.

"We’ve done that really well this season, but there are still a lot of improvements we can make to get to where we want to be. It’s about having the mentality to be in every game and make sure you go into every game aiming to give the team the best opportunity to try and win.

"As I said, it’s about taking each match one at a time and treating each one like a cup final or like it’s the last game you’re going to play. We have to fight for everything to try to get the three points.

"It’s really important that we start another run of winning games and whenever you win one, you have to focus immediately on the next one because it will only be a few days around the corner."