Maguire sets a challenge
Harry reveals the record he wants the Reds to achieve this season, as well as a target for next term...
It’s an incredibly difficult week - Villa, Leicester, Liverpool - how tough is that going to be for the lads? A real test for the squad, I guess? “It’s going to be very tough. I don’ think it’s ever been done in Premier League history. I don’t know why it’s been done. Three games in five days is just ridiculous. It’s tough when you have two games in three days over the Christmas period, as happens sometimes. You have to play then game, then play again. That’s tough, but to have three in five… I don’t know where that’s come from; I don’t know why they’ve decided on that. We’ve got two weeks left of the season and then we don’t play until the following Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s tough on us, but we have to deal with it now. We have to deal with it; we’ll probably rotate and we have to make sure that we’re fresh in our minds to go and win football matches and that’s what we aim to do.” You’ve played every minute in the Premier League since you joined United, but that’s going to be a tough record to keep up between now and the end of the season… “It’s a proud record of mine and to be dealt that from our fixtures and our schedule is a tough one to take if it does come to that I do need a rest in one of the games. To be available for selection and the manager to show the faith in me to play me in every Premier League game since I’ve signed is a proud achievement. But for sure, it’s going to be tough to play three games in five days.” They’re only two away games left - Villa and Wolves - is it a motivation to go the whole season unbeaten away from home, which would be an unbelievable record in the Premier League? “Yeah, of course. The motivation should now be: let’s go all season unbeaten. We don’t want to lose another game; we’ve got to take each game as it comes but we have to respect each opponent. But yeah, let’s set a challenge of going unbeaten all season, from now until the end of the season and see where it takes us. It’s important that we go in the Premier League and try and maintain that record because it’s a proud record to have. Our home form has picked up a little bit of late so that’s important too.”