Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, has criticised his teammates for losing balance in their match against RB Leipzig, their group stage opponent, in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
The English Professional footballer said the Red Devils weren’t ready to face the German professional football club last night from their performance.
Naija News understands that United thrashed to 3-2 yesterday, December 8, a development that saw them relegated to the Europa League.
RB Leipzig with three goals from Angelino, Amadou Haidara and Justin Kluivert saw the Red Devils dropped down and out of their group stage. Speaking with journalists after the tough match, Maguire said: “We started the game too slow. It wasn’t good enough.”
He added, “The first 20 minutes we weren’t at it. They put two balls in the box, and we failed to deal with them.
“We have to look at ourselves, we gave ourselves too much to do. You have seen how close we came at the end, but we started too slow, and we can’t keep falling behind.
“We said on Saturday at half-time, 2-0 down, the next goal is crucial, and we said it again tonight. They made it 3-0 and the task becomes even bigger. The third goal proved to be the crucial one, but even three down, we came close at the end. I don’t want to look at excuses. We have to go out and be aggressive, win balls. That’s the basics. If you can’t defend crosses, you are going to lose games. I don’t want to look at shape – it’s not an excuse.”
Maguire, however, encouraged the players to continue to do more in subsequent matches from other competitions. He said; “It’s a tough group, but we felt we should get through. That’s the standards of this club. I’m gutted for everyone. We worked so hard to reach this competition. No matter what group we got, it would be tough. We have to do more.”
Meanwhile, PSG’s match against Istanbul Basaksehir was suspended on Tuesday due to alleged racist comments made by the assistant referee, Naija News reports.