Maguire: This is the standard
The skipper says the team expects success in the Champions League, and not just in the group stage...
That’s a Champions League debut you will remember for a while? “Yes obviously. It was a proud moment for myself. Five, six, seven years ago I probably wouldn’t have dreamt it playing in the Champions League and leading the boys out. So obviously it is a proud moment for myself, a proud moment for my family and it is a great result, a clean sheet, five goals. The perfect debut some would say. It is the start of a campaign where we want to be successful. We don’t want to stop in the group stage so we want to get through and be successful in the knockout stages. That is the standards we have set and expectations we have set.” But to win in Paris, finalists last year and now the semi finalists that says a lot and puts us in a great position after two games? “Yes. Last season you have seen a lot of our top performances brought out great results. We know we can get to the level and the level has to be hit more, it has got to be more consistent. I think you have seen tat since the international break. We have come back with a great mentality. We needed a reaction. The only way was up. We had a bad start to the season, we knew that. We have had a good reaction. Obviously disappointed not to win the game against Chelsea but we have another big game at the weekend and one we have to perform in like tonight.” The firepower the manager has, he can even bring on subs and they score hat tricks. Quite something? “Marcus has been brilliant. The manager has put him on the bench tonight maybe for a little rest and it has worked wonders in the end. Bringing him on and when you are up against it as a defender you have Anto to deal with throughout the night and then Marcus comes on. It must be a defenders nightmare. He’s cpm on and made a big impact on the game. He has thoroughly deserved his goals.” Comeback from Spurs says a lot about the character? “After Spurs we were all devastated and just three games into the season but it felt like it was a big crisis. It was quite a stranger feeling but we don’t expect to lose games at Old Trafford and we definitely don’t expect to lose games like we did. The first three games we were conceding far too many chances so as a defensive unit having kept the most clean sheets in Europe, we knew we had to improve, to be more solid. We have worked hard on the training ground and since the international break we have gone back to not conceding chances like last year when. We were a solid unit and a solid base. It has been important, for me as a defender, to give the forwards lads every opportunity to go and win the game. One, two, three goals it should end up in a win. At the moment we are doing that. It’s a start but it is still early win in the season. It is going to be a long journey but we’ve got to improve we know that and we are doing so at the minute but there is a long way to go.” Now its Arsenal, Istanbul and Everton? “It is going to be a strange season where you are playing every four days. It is important you rest, recover and it is nice for the gaffer to have the squad depth to choose from. He made four, five changes tonight and it hasn’t altered us. Credit to the boys playing and those not playing keeping themselves fit and fresh and working hard in training every day. It is a group effort and we are going to need everyone this year if we are going to be successful and win games. It is really important.”