Manchester United star Harry Maguire has opened up on his side’s ambitions, on the back of an impressive derby victory over rivals City.
United shock City
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men visited the Etihad yesterday evening, for the Premier League’s most high-profile game of the weekend.
Hosts City headed into proceedings aware that nothing but a win would do, after slipping a hefty 14 points off table-toppers Liverpool earlier in the day.
United, on the other hand, were hoping to close the gap on the top-4, following Chelsea’s surprise defeat at relegation-battling Everton.
And, when all was said and done, it was the Red Devils who came away with all 3 points.
A superb performance on the part of the visitors, going forward in the first-half, and defensively following the interval, saw United secure an impressive 2-1 victory.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial bagged the goals for Solskjaer’s men, as Nicolas Otamendi’s late header eventually proved little more than a consolation.
‘Keep moving up the table’
As such, following a stellar week, which also saw United down Tottenham on Wednesday, the Red Devils now sit 5th in the Premier League table.
And one of the club’s star men during this run has today opened up on his side’s hopes moving forward, assuring that United have every intention of kicking on, to secure a Champions League berth for next season.
Speaking in an interview with the Manchester giants’ official website, Harry Maguire explained:
‘The top four is in sight but we need to look after our own results and keep trying to get the three points, and keep improving. We’ve got another big game next week against Everton.’
‘We need to keep winning games. We’ve won back-to-back games against Spurs and City.’
Maguire was also full of praise for the Red Devils’ attackers, following their explosive first-half display at the Etihad:
‘It was a great start from the lads in the first half, the front four were frightening and, when they’re on their game like that, they can cause any defence problems.’
‘Over the last month or so, I feel like I look at the forwards and think they’re going to score goals. At the start of the season we didn’t really score more than one goal in a game but now, it’s a few games in a row where we’re back to scoring goals.’
‘They’re a big threat, they’re top talents and I think it’s all coming together now. We’re not getting carried away – it’s a big three points, a special win, one for the fans and I’m really happy for them. We just keep moving up that table and keep chipping away.’