Maguire proud to win the derby as captain
In our exclusive interview, Harry Maguire explains how it felt to captain United to a Manchester derby victory...
Harry, to wear the captain’s armband today in a Manchester derby, for a win at City, how does that make you feel? Proud, really proud to lead the boys out at the Etihad and to get the three points. It was an important game for us. We feel, this year, that we haven’t got results in games where we’ve felt we deserved three points. I think the last two games that no one can question that we’ve deserved both victories. Great start from the lads in the first half, the front four were frightening and when they’re on their game like that, they can cause any defence problems. The only disappointing thing at half-time was that it was only 2-0. We knew they were going to come strong and throw everything at us. I think we held on well and I don’t think they created too much in the second half. We knew there were going to be a lot of bouncing passes and David made a good save late on. To concede from a set play is really disappointing and it’s something we have to tighten up on. To come to the Etihad and for them not to score from open play, but to score from a set play, as a defender and for David as well, I’m sure it’s disappointing. The victory is for the fans, they deserve this season. The game plan seemed to work to perfection, in particular in the first half - City just couldn’t deal with it. You must be delighted with the way that worked? Yeah it’s nice. I feel like, over the last month or so, I feel like I look at the forwards and think they’re going to score goals. At the start of the season we didn’t really score more than one goal in a game but now, it’s a few games in a row where we’re back to scoring goals. They’re a big threat, they’re top talents and I think it’s all coming together now. We’re not getting carried away - it’s a big three points, a special win, one for the fans and I’m really happy for them. We just keep moving up that table and keep chipping away. The top four is suddenly in sight. No one was saying that a few weeks ago, but now it’s in sight… Yeah, I think you need to look after your own results and don’t look elsewhere. We need to keep winning games, we’ve won back-to-back games: Spurs, City. We’ve got another big game next week. As you say, the top four is in sight but we keep looking after our own results and keep trying to get the three points and keep improving.