Harry Maguire reacts to United's 5-0 defeat to Liverpool

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has reacted to the thumping at the hands of Liverpool.

Maguire was all at sea throughout the game, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered the worst result of his reign.

He was lucky not to be sent off when he brought down Diogo Jota early in the second half.

Maguire used his interview with Sky Sports to apologise to the fans after a humiliating day.

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“First and foremost, apologies to the fans. Nowhere near good enough for this club. We’re all disappointed in the dressing room,” he said.

“They stuck right with us even coming off the pitch at 5-0 and we appreciate that but we have to do better.”

When asked why the performance was so bad, he said: “In the first half, it was too open and we gave them too many chances. To concede four in a half of football for this club is nowhere near good enough.

“I’ll be looking at myself. I lead the boys and we have to stick together and come together. It is not about looking elsewhere and blaming others.”

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Maguire is right with his frank assessment of the performance, and now it is up to him and his teammates to work harder to put it right.

The fixtures do not get any easier and United’s next visitors to Old Trafford are Manchester City.

Other senior figures within the squad should also be coming out to speak about the result soon, and fronting up.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.