Harry Maguire: COVID 19 Made Us Not To Play Well
Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park on Monday evening, and captain Harry Maguire has detailed why the team failed to get all three points.Information Guide Nigeria
Ralf Rangnick’s side were playing their first game for more than a fortnight after two fixtures were postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the squad. Maguire explained the impact this had on the Reds’ ranks, saying: “No sixteen-day break in the middle of a football season is going to help you.
“The training ground has been shut, and half the lads playing today are recovering from the virus so of course, it’s not going to help us. We’ve had people with symptoms, people without symptoms, it’s been a real mixed bag for everyone at the football club and it’s been a tough time.
“But you can’t make excuses for sloppy passes and the opportunities that we had, especially in the first half.
“We’ve got to stay on the ball, we’ve got to stay active and we’ve got to play the ball in their half and we didn’t manage to do that.
“You can look at that and ask whether the last 16 days had a big impact on that because it looked like we ran out of steam out there. A point, in the end, is a fair result, but it’s a result that we’re disappointed with.”
The centre-back also hype praises on goalkeeper David De Gea, who made several important saves to deny the hosts and keep the game level.
“David’s on great form at the minute,” said Maguire. “In big moments, it always seems to be, late on in games, that he’s always there to produce for us.”
“He’s come on and made a big impact and I think you’ve seen in the first 30 minutes of the second half especially, it was probably our best spell in the game.
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“Credit to them [Sancho and Cavani] for making that change in tempo and intensity.”
Maguire feels that the Reds will benefit from playing regularly again, with two more matches to come in the next seven days.
“That’s the best thing about the Premier League, you’ve always got a game in two, three or four days’ time so it [Burnley on Thursday] is one we are looking forward to.
“I’m sure 90 minutes will have benefitted every single player out there. The Burnley game and the Wolves game are coming up thick and fast and we’ve got to play better than we have done tonight to make sure we get three points.”JAMB Result
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