Harry Maguire insists Manchester United are ‘improving’, but says second place ‘isn’t good enough’ after securing a runners-up finish in the Premier League.
United have made steady progress under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, with the Red Devils improving on last season’s showing to finish as runners-up behind champions Manchester City.
Solskjaer’s side also face Villarreal in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday as the club look to end the campaign with major silverware, and Maguire has opened up on his side’s improvement over the course of the 2020/21 season.
The England international believes the Red Devils are ‘improving’ under the current management, but says the club’s ambition must be closing the gap to City and winning Premier League titles.
“I think we are improving,” Maguire told The Overlap. “From last season to this season we are definitely improving.
“We’ve actually been on a good run ourselves and I think the run Manchester City have been on has just been incredible. You have got to give them credit. They broke away with something like 20-odd games on the bounce.
“We dropped some silly points in silly games,” he added. “We know we can do better in some games and be a bit more ruthless in others, and really have great belief in the bigger games that we can go and win that game.
“But the main thing is improvement. We’ve got to be winning Premier League titles.
“Second isn’t good enough, and I’m sure the lads all agree on that.”
Maguire has revealed how he received interest from both sides of the Manchester divide before making an £80m world-record move to Old Trafford from Leicester, admitting the strength of interest from United persuaded him that his future lay on the red half of the city.
“They were both interested,” he said “I spoke to both Man City and Man Utd, but I must say, and no disrespect to Man City, but I grew up watching a lot more of Manchester United football at Old Trafford, being at one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest, so I always had my heart set on this club.
“I spoke to Pep and the football that they play and what he’s done for the club, I have great respect for Pep and the evolution he has brought to football, but it was Man Utd.
“My heart was set from the amount of interest they showed in me. It gave me great confidence and belief and for them to pursue it for a 12 to 15 month period of time showed how much they believed in me and how much they felt like I would be a big part of the team.”