‘Worst possible start’ – Captain Harry Maguire admits it’s ‘not good enough’ after nightmare defeat by Brighton

MANCHESTER UNITED captain Harry Maguire has blasted the team’s start after a 2-1 defeat by Brighton on opening day.

A brace from Pascal Gross got the Erik ten Hag era off to a bad start at Manchester United.

Harry Maguire criticized the team's poor performance in the first half


Harry Maguire criticized the team’s poor performance in the first halfPhoto credit: Getty

Maguire, ragged in the first half by Danny Welbeck, explained the poor start.

He told Sky Sports: “We came into the game on a positive note, we had a good pre-season and being 2-0 down at half-time at Old Trafford was the worst start imaginable.

“We got a goal back but we puffed and puffed a bit and it’s a bad start for us.

“We started pretty well and at the front and as a team we were in control.

“Then we conceded the first goal and it blew us away. We have to make sure that first goal didn’t throw us back so much. It was a nightmare when we were 2-0 down at half-time.

“We talked about scoring the next goal (at half-time). I think the second half showed good parts of our game but overall we didn’t do enough.

“We had a lot of pressure and a lot of possession, but we need to be a little more creative and we need to improve on that

“It’s something we need to address or it’s going to keep happening. The first goal felt like a heavy blow for all 11 of our players.”

Maguire supported new boy Lisandro Martinez in central defence, with both suffering a torrid first half thanks to Welbeck’s efforts.

Martinez was lucky not to miss a penalty in the second half and brought Welbeck down when the score was 2-0.


Both improved in the second half with United showing more urgency but by then the damage was done and Ten Hag’s side were unable to recover despite Cristiano Ronaldo coming on.

On his new defensive partner, Maguire added: “It’s great to have Lisandro Martinez at the club. We have competition for central defenders.

“We didn’t play a lot together and in that first phase we weren’t on the same wavelength. Centre-back partnerships are built over time and we’ll get a lot better and keep a clean sheet.”

“Everyone knew the task. We had a bad season last season. We have a new manager who is trying to bring his philosophy to the team but if we don’t do it right we look way too open.”

Brighton’s win tonight was their first ever of the Premier League era at Old Trafford.

Roy Keane described United as “fragile” after the first half as fans expressed their feelings by booing the team off, while Paul Scholes called the performances of Fred and Scott McTominay “criminal”.

While there have been some signs of what Ten Hag wants to grow at Old Trafford, it’s becoming clear it won’t be a quick fix.

Instead, it will certainly be a thorough cleanup of the club, provided the Dutchman is allowed to field the players he needs to achieve that and overhaul a toxic club culture.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5949060/maguire-blasts-man-united-brighton-performance/ ‘Worst possible start’ – Captain Harry Maguire admits it’s ‘not good enough’ after nightmare defeat by Brighton


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