The Pink Devils captain stated he had no excuses for failing to attain from lower than a yard out within the Europa League conflict at Outdated Trafford
Harry Maguire lamented his horror miss towards Milan on Thursday night time earlier than calling on Manchester United to “play quite a bit higher” within the second leg at San Siro subsequent week.
United had been held to a 1-1 draw, with a late Simon Kjaer header cancelling out Amad Diallo’s 50th-minute effort at Outdated Trafford.
Maguire had an amazing alternative to place the hosts in cost earlier than Diallo’s opener, however one way or the other managed to hit the put up from lower than a yard out, and he took full duty for the poor end post-match.
What’s been stated?
“I ought to have scored,” Maguire skipper informed BT Sport. “I’m not making any excuses for that one. I ought to have scored. I ought to have put it within the internet.
“That’s why I’m a defender and never a ahead! However no excuses I’ve acquired to attain.”
Maguire added on United’s total efficiency: “It is just midway and we’ve to remain constructive, however we have to play higher.
“It’s disappointing to concede within the final minute, particularly at a set-play after we didn’t play properly, we didn’t play at our greatest however had been snug within the sport.
“They didn’t create, that they had a number of possession after we scored the primary aim however they didn’t create possibilities and it regarded like we had been going to see it out 1-Zero and to concede the way in which we did, is basically poor.
“We have to play higher [in Italy] that what we’ve accomplished tonight. I felt we did sufficient to win 1-Zero though they in all probability had nearly all of the sport however we had the most effective possibilities of the sport.
“However we have to play higher and we all know we are able to play higher. It will be an thrilling tie subsequent Thursday and an vital one for us. We’ve got acquired to go there and play quite a bit higher than we did tonight and we are able to undergo.”
How did Maguire fail to attain?
Alex Telles whipped in a nook from the right-hand aspect within the first half that Bruno Fernandes rose to flick towards the again put up, with the ball subsequently looping over onrushing Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and into the trail of Maguire.
The towering centre-back appeared to have timed his run to perfection, however he struck the put up from just some toes away from the goal-line earlier than ending up within the internet himself, with the ball in the end bouncing again out of hazard.
Diallo got here off the bench to initially spare Maguire’s blushes with a shocking nodded end early within the second interval, however the England worldwide’s miss nonetheless ended up proving expensive as Kjaer headed in a stoppage-time nook to provide the Rossoneri an important away aim.
Maguire will probably have the prospect to atone for his error when the Pink Devils welcome West Ham to Outdated Trafford on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males will head to Italy for the reverse fixture towards Milan 4 days later, earlier than their focus shifts to an FA Cup quarter-final showdown towards Leicester Metropolis on March 21.