Maguire: 'That's the intensity required'
Harry Maguire wants that level of performance every week from the team...
Is this the ideal way to round off the year at Old Trafford? It's a great way [to finish the year at Old Trafford]. It's three points, but now we're focused on Saturday. Too many times this year where we've put in a great performance followed by a not good enough one. We were very disappointed coming away from Watford. We've looked it all week; it was nowhere near good enough for our standards. So we knew we had to bounce back; we knew we had to play with intensity today to try and break the low block down and I felt like all the way through the game we were very good in the intensity that we played at. The mentality and the spirit of the boys was really good. It's nice to get the three points at Old Trafford and give the fans something to cheer about over Christmas after a really disappointing performance at Watford. You mention mentality and spirit, and that was needed after the first 15 minutes. You could easily have folded there, but you came back with flying colours... I think the mentality was big there, because we had a bad performance at Watford and the boys could have gone under, hid, shied away from the ball but, no, we grew. The first 15 minutes we gave them a chance from a short corner that we played, and then we've given them a chance really. They weren't cutting us open. We started with a good intensity, but it was disappointing to concede the goal, because we want to get back to clean sheets; we're working hard to get clean sheets. We're not conceding many chances in many games. It just seems like every shot's a goal at the minute, so it's something that we're going to work on. We're going to improve. It's nice to stick four in and give the fans something to cheer about. What about the scoring power that you've got with Mason, Anthony and Marcus in that form? That's a threat to any team isn't it? When they're on it, and we're on it as a team, they're a threat to anyone. We've got to try now and find that consistency. We're a young group, but we've been far too inconsistent this season, like I spoke about. It's a good, the front lads, and I wouldn't want to play against them every week. When they're in that form, they're hard to stop, so it's really important that they keep it up. When's your first goal coming? You nearly stuck one in the top corner in the Stretford End in that second half! Yeah, I'm struggling to find one with my head, so I thought I'd have a go with my shots! I caught it well, and I do like to step in with the ball and play, and create attacks. But I didn't think my first goal would come from a shot from outside the box, but I'm working hard; I'm getting chances. I'm getting headers. I had one in the first half in the first few minutes again. I seem to be getting a chance every game and I'm sure it will end up in the back of the net soon. How much of a challenge is it to play again in 48 hours' time? There's not much time to prepare I suppose... No, it's tough. There's no doubt about it. A 90-minute game in the Premier League takes a lot out of you, but it's the same for every team. I don't know... there'll be a few teams out there that will probably get that extra day's rest. But, no, it's tough. Burnley have played today as well, so we've got to make sure our mentality is right going in to the game. We're a fit bunch. The boys worked tirelessly in pre-season and this is what it's for. So we're fully focused now on Saturday and that's how it should be. Finally, you're four points off the top four at the midway point of the season. If you win a couple of games back to back it all changes in this league, doesn't it? That's the key: you've got to put performances together, put wins together. It's really important that you go on runs in this league. We haven't really found that consistency to put three, four, five wins together. It's something that we need to work on. We're a young group, we're learning, [and] there's positives to take from today but now we're focused on Saturday.