Harry Maguire joined Manchester United for £80m last summer and after a rocky start has settled in well at the club. In an interview with Sky Sports, Maguire has reflected on his decision to join United and the direction he wants us to go in.
It’s such a big club, an iconic club that as soon as I knew Man United were interested I was champing at the bit to get there. As soon as I came to the club, just the way the club is run, I was so happy at the decision.
Obviously we had some difficult times at the start of the season where results didn’t go our way, and you know when you play for a club like Manchester United that the pressure comes down on you, but we know we’re on the right track, we’ve always felt that we’re on the right track.
There’s so much work to do, I’m not saying that we’re there yet, but if we keep improving like we have this season, and I’m sure next season will be better than this season and so on, and we’ll build and try and reach our goals.
It’s more than a club, more than a football club, you see the way they’ve acted during this crisis, how classy they’ve been throughout, it’s more than a football club, it works in the community and in Manchester, and you can see over the crisis, the many things they’ve done.
The season suspension came at a frustrating time for United, with us beating Manchester City in the last league game, putting us three points outside the top four. Maguire has spoken about how the improving defence has had an impact on our form.
One thing we’ve shored up on is defending set plays. If you look at our record before the run of clean sheets, defending set plays we were up there with one of the worst in the league. If you can’t defend set plays and you’re not scoring at the other end through them you’re not going to stand a chance of reaching where you want to go, it’s such a big part of the game now.
We’ve gelled together, it’s a new back four, Luke has been playing really, really well of late. We’ve got Aaron, me and Vic. Eric is coming back and is pushing for a place, which makes everyone up their games, because when he’s come in he’s done really well. We’ve got a settled back four and we’re just learning each other’s games really well.