Harry Maguire laments Manchester Utd’s defensive work but hails last-gasp hero Ronaldo

Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Harry Maguire, Manchester United captain and center back, an English international has expressed his disappointment in his teams’ defence.

United were two goals down in the early minutes of the first half and were at the brink of lossing the match. However, goals from Marcos Rashford, Harry Maguire and the winning goal from Cristiano Ronaldo saved the day for the Red Devils as they sit first on the Group F table of their champions league campaign after losing their first game against Young boys.

Although with such magnitude of comebacks, the team’s captain didn’t fail to express his disappointment in the defense.

“We definitely do like doing it the hard way in the Champions League,” Maguire told BT Sport post-match.

Cristiano Ronaldo saved the day for the Red Devils

“In the first half, we conceded two bad goals – the quick free-kick for the first and the set play we shouldn’t be conceding from.

“The last few games we’ve conceded a lot from set-plays, I think that’s four in the last four games so we need to sharpen up on that.

“That [conceding from set-pieces] is not good enough for this club. We’re working on the formula to be a lot more solid but it’s about winning football matches.

“We’ve shown great togetherness, in the dressing room at half-time after the fans cheered and clapped us off, we gave them the result and the energy that they deserved.”

Cristiano Ronaldo who also provided the winning goal against Villarreal did also provide the winning goal for Manchester United against Atalanta and Maguire didn’t fail to acknowledge him.

“I had eyes on it all the way,” the centre-back said of Ronaldo’s winner.

“I was right behind him. His leap, his timing, it was perfect right in the corner.

“We see it day in, day out in training and in the goals he has scored throughout his career. He has come up with a massive goal for us again in the Champions League.” he concluded.