Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has been preaching the importance of having a solid defence after the Red Devils beat the England international’s former side Leicester City 1-0 today at Old Trafford.
A Marcus Rashford penalty in the eighth minute was enough to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side their second Premier League win of the season, in a game that lacked quality and did little to suggest either outfit will be good enough to finish in the top four this season.
Manchester United did defend well though, limiting a much-hyped Foxes attack to very few chances, with Maguire coming out on top in his battle with former teammate Jamie Vardy.
£80 million centre-back Maguire reckons that if Solskjaer’s side can build a solid defensive foundation, they have enough talent in attack to hurt opposition teams and be successful this season.
“It was tough playing against Jamie [Vardy]. I’ve played with him for two years and he is a top player who can terrorise defences when he is on his game,” Maguire told the BBC.
“We knew it was important to get the win, especially after the international break. We have to build on a solid base and we want to keep clean sheets, especially at Old Trafford. We are always going to score goals with the attacking talent we have.
“We could have kept the ball better but we defended well. The boys who came in looked sharp and fit and a big well done to them. We have games coming thick and fast and I’m sure the manager will utilise the squad, so be patient and take your chance when you get it.”