Man Utd star makes ‘revenge’ claim after win at Leeds United
The Red Devils captain was in a forthright mood after his side claimed a 2-0 win at Leeds.
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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire believes his side made amends for a lacklustre midweek draw against Leeds United by inflicting a 2-0 defeat at the Whites at Elland Road.
The Red Devils were forced into a two-goal comeback at Old Trafford in midweek as visitors duo Wilfried Gnonto and Crysencio Summerville put their side within sight of what would have been a famous win.
However, two goals in the space from eight minutes from Marcus Rashford and Jason Sancho helped Erik ten Hag’s side rescue a point and gave them some momentum going into Sunday’s reverse fixture.
There would be no mistake at Elland Road, despite Leeds putting Ten Hag’s men under pressure at key moments in the game. After coming through some testing spells, it was the in-form Rashford that opened the scoring with ten minutes to go with a fine header from ten yards.
Substitute Alejandro Garnacho killed off any Leeds hopes when he beat Illan Meslier five minutes later and ensured his side moved to within five points of Premier League leaders Arsenal, who were surprisingly held to a home draw by Brentford in midweek.
Speaking after the game, Maguire reflected on two fixtures that delivered contrasting emotions and revealed his delight his side had delivered a win that meant a lot for the travelling support.
He told Sky Sports: “Winning the game is the most important thing, it’s not about myself.
“I’m captain of the team, I put the team miles before myself, when I’m not playing I want the team to be successful so it’s been a good season up to now. There’s still a lot of improvement in the big games but it’s nice to come here, keep a clean sheet and get a nice victory for the fans.
“We know coming to Elland Road it’s going to be a tough place and there’s going to be times when they have a little bit of momentum. It came early in both halves and we had to dig in early in the second-half as well. We knew our quality would come through so we had to fight and battle for every ball and keep the ball out of our net.
“It’s credit to the lads that we stuck with it, the spirit and the fight that we showed and we know how important this win is for the fans having not got it at Old Trafford in midweek. We were disappointed so we knew today was about revenge and we got that.”
Maguire and his side are back in action on Thursday evening when they visit Barcelona for the first leg of a Europa League play-off first leg.