Harry Maguire has not had an easy start to the season. You would not have known it from his outstanding performance against Everton.
Maguire defended impressively and put in a real captain’s performance to help United clinch a much-needed three points.
After the midweek calamity against Istanbul Basaksehir it was fair to question the entire defence. Maguire benefitted from having regular partner Victor Lindelof back alongside him at Goodison.
One big talking point from United’s 3-1 victory was Maguire’s involvement in a penalty appeal in the second half. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford lunged at him after losing the ball and was very lucky not to be sent off.
At the other end, Maguire was outstanding. He made a team high seven clearances to help repel Everton’s attacks.
Maguire was up for this one. It was an ideal response to Roy Keane’s criticism of United’s lack of leaders.
His strong defensive contribution meant David de Gea was not really tested in the second half.
Aside from the midweek game in Turkey, it has been a good month for Maguire.
Between the two international breaks when he has partnered Victor Lindelof, United have conceded just three goals in five games. Thats more like it.
There was plenty of praise for Maguire on social media after the win…
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