Maguire reveals Man Utd's 6-1 defeat by Spurs 'felt like a big crisis'

Harry Maguire reveals Manchester United’s humiliating 6-1 defeat by Tottenham ‘felt like a big crisis’ but captain hails his side’s response that has seen them win three of their last four games

  • Manchester United lost two of their first three Premier League games this term
  • Losses included home defeats by Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur
  • Harry Maguire admits United players were left ‘devastated’ after Spurs loss
  • United had conceded 11 goals in their first three Premier League matches
  • But since, they have conceded just two in four and thrashed RB Leipzig 5-0  

Harry Maguire has admitted that Manchester United’s poor start to the Premier League season had a severe mental impact on the team following the 6-1 home thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur.

United opened up the campaign with two defeats at Old Trafford, having also lost on the opening day against Crystal Palace, although they had won at Brighton & Hove Albion in between those losses courtesy of a last-gasp Bruno Fernandes penalty.

Centre-back Maguire was at the heart of the defence which had conceded 11 goals among those three fixtures and revealed the extent of the anguish. 

Harry Maguire admits Manchester United players were left devastated following their poor start to the Premier League season which saw them lose 6-1 against Tottenham (above)

The Spurs defeat meant United had conceded 11 goals from their first three league games

‘After Spurs, we were all devastated and just three games into the season it felt like it was a big crisis,’ the United captain told Manchester United’s website.

‘It was quite a strange feeling, but we don’t expect to lose games at Old Trafford and we definitely don’t expect to lose games like we did.’

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have hit back in superb style since following the international break after the humiliating Spurs loss.

United though have since hit back, with Marcus Rashford  (congratulated by Maguire, above) scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 Champions League win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday

They have since gone undefeated, while tidying up the defence which has seen them keep two clean sheets and concede just twice in four games.

A mightily impressive 2-1 win at Paris-Saint Germain in the Champions League was followed by a goalless draw with Chelsea at the weekend, while they have recorded big wins including a 4-1 victory at Newcastle United and Wednesday night’s 5-0 demolition of RB Leipzig.

Maguire insists the mentality of the squad has greatly improved since the international break as they prepare for another tough test on Sunday when they host Arsenal. 

Maguire now claims confidence is high as United prepare to host Arsenal on Sunday

‘We have worked hard on the training ground and since the international break we have gone back to not conceding chances like last year, when we were a solid unit and a solid base,’ he added when speaking after the Leipzig victory.

‘We have come back with a great mentality. We needed a reaction. The only way was up. 

‘We had a bad start to the season, we knew that. We have had a good reaction [since]. Obviously, [we’re] disappointed not to win the game against Chelsea but we have another big game at the weekend and one we have to perform in like tonight.’

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