Harry Maguire copped some criticism after Manchester United’s defeat to Burnley. But every player was pretty terrible that night.
In 2020 that was the exception for Maguire, his performances have been strong. Against Wolves at Old Trafford last night he was very impressive.
United kept a third successive clean sheet against Wolves, although the downside is that we have scored only one goal in these matches, with two of them being 0-0 draws.
Maguire at least has been doing his job effectively, an ever present in these ties.
Last night against Wolves he was excellent, one of United’s best players in an average team performance, shutting down Raul Jimenez once again.
Statistically, Maguire was efficient. He completed 93 per cent of his passes, and even created one chance.
He won four tackles, a tally only bettered by teammate Aaron Wan-Bissaka with eight.
Maguire blocked two shots, and won two aerial duels. He was wasteful in front of goal though, missing the target with both of his efforts.
Sometimes it is his leadership which catches the eye. The way he co-ordinates his defensive teammates, while he pulled rank as Captain on Andreas Pereira in the second half to get him to step aside from a free-kick to give it to new boy Bruno Fernandes.
United’s clean sheet record was poor a month ago, but has much improved recently.
The team has kept clean sheets in six of the last eight matches Maguire has played. And we missed him badly in the home semi-final against City.
Last night’s performance was another instance of Maguire growing into his role at United.
It can’t always be perfect, but more often than not lately, he is very good.
Here is a look at how United supporters reacted to Maguire’s display…
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