With a big price tag brings big pressure and Harry Maguire is scrutinised more than most, after his £80 million move a year ago.

Last night he was playing his 54th game of a never ending season for Manchester United, and his efforts did not go unnoticed.

This was another clean sheet for Maguire and United, even more notable because the team had to concentrate for 120 minutes instead of 90.

Even late in extra time FC Copenhagen pushed to try and find an equaliser, unsuccessfully.

Manchester United v FC Kobenhavn - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final
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Maguire played 70 minutes alongside Eric Bailly and the final 50 with Victor Lindelof. Both players did well in their stints on the pitch in Cologne partnering the club captain.

While Maguire did pick up a needless booking for a collision with an opponent he could have avoided, he played really well.

He has a knack of being in the right place at the right time and no player on the pitch won more aerial battles than he did (7).


Maguire made three clearances, two interceptions, and also blocked one shot.

In possession he was always searching too, making 11 successful long passes from 19 attempts, and he attempted 92 passes in total, completing 86 per cent of them.

He looks comfortable with the captaincy and the stage did not phase him. The Europa League semi-final against Wolves or Sevilla will become comfortably the biggest club game of his career so far. This is what he joined United for.

He is now two games away from lifting the Europa League trophy and ending his first season at the club in the best way possible.

Fan reaction

Here is a look at how Manchester United supporters reacted to Maguire’s performance…

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