Harry: We want to spoil Chelsea's party
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is looking forward to facing Chelsea and is excited by our Europa League draw with AC Milan.
London is calling for the Reds this weekend, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are heading to Stamford Bridge for an important encounter in the Premier League. The clash kicks off at 16:30 GMT on Sunday and United will be looking to extend an impressive unbeaten away run in the league.
Our 19-game streak of earning points on away soil started at the home of Chelsea last February, when clinical headers from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire clinched a 2-0 win and three vital points for Ole's men.
Harry Maguire, who headed in our second goal as we beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge last campaign, wants to make it another day to celebrate this weekend.
“Obviously, Chelsea’s going to be a tough game but we went there last year and won and we’ll be looking to do that again,” Maguire said in an exclusive club interview.
“They’re keeping their position very nicely and build up really well and [are] not conceding many goals, so it’s a good start [for them]. We’re hoping to spoil that.”
Since our last meeting at Stamford Bridge, a lot has changed at the London club. Frank Lampard has been replaced by Thomas Tuchel as the Blues' boss, and they have secured themselves several new players following heavy spending in the summer. With the German manager in charge, Sunday's hosts have gone eight games unbeaten in all competitions going into the clash with United.
“It’s a great reaction [to the change],” says Harry. “They’re a great group of players with tons of talent and they’re starting to gel, starting to tick, but we've got to look at ourselves, first and foremost.
“We go into the game full of confidence, full of belief. We’ll make sure we play to the ability of what we’re capable of and go and get the three points.”
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With the return of the UEFA Europa League, games are coming thick and fast for United in the coming weeks. Our captain emphasises the most important job the Reds can do now is to maintain their highest possible level.
“Every three or four days you've got to be focused and mentally prepared to go and get the three points,” Maguire said.
“You've got to be prepared to keep winning, winning, winning and finding that consistency to enable us to get to where we want to be. If you want to get to where we want to be, you've got to be consistent.”
On Friday, United were drawn against Italian giants AC Milan in the Round of 16 of the Europa League. The Reds eliminated La Liga outfit Real Sociedad with an aggregate score of 4-0 in the previous round, following a convincing performance in the first leg in Turin.
The Rossoneri are second in Serie A and can line up with two familiar names to the Old Trafford faithful in ex-Red Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diogo Dalot, who is spending the season on loan at San Siro.
But our central defender is hopeful and optimistic that Ole's men can duplicate our last performance on Italian soil.
“It certainly does [feel like a Champions League tie],” the captain said.
“AC Milan is a massive club, [with] great tradition. Obviously, it’s at the San Siro. It’s an exciting tie to be involved in. But like I say, we’re not looking at that one at the minute – we've probably got three, four games to play before that one. It’s a great tie and one we look forward to and we’ll be ready for when it comes around.”