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United’s Defensive Problems Leave Maguire Frustrated


Mahmoud Al Assal

Mon, 02 Dec 2019 20:24 GMT

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has been left frustrated by the defensive lapses that cost his team in the Premier League this season. United came from behind to then lead 2-1 against Aston Villa on Sunday, December 1st, before letting in a late equaliser.

The goal was the 17th Premier League goal United have conceded in 14 games this season, confirming their worst start to a season in 31 years.

United also conceded an injury time goal in their 3-3 draw with Sheffield United the previous week.

AFP reported that Maguire spoke to MUTV about his frustration with the club’s defensive problems.

"We got ourselves in a great position in the second half (against Villa) and again conceded a sloppy goal really," Maguire said.

"As a defender especially, it's frustrating," he added.

Man United’s defensive problems predate this season. Defensive lapses have cost them spots in the Champions League ever since former manager Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.

Maguire became the most expensive defender in history when he was signed by United in a £80 million deal this summer. But the England centre back has so far failed to improve the club defensively as they continue to concede goals.

United are set to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Wednesday, December 4th. The game will mark the return to Old Trafford of their former manager Jose Mourinho, who now manages Tottenham.