Almost a month on from Tottenham’s 6-1 humbling of Manchester United, Harry Maguire has admitted that the players were devastated after the game.
Spurs certainly laid down a marker that afternoon, sending a message to the rest of the league about their ambitions for the season.
Maguire and his teammates were unable to cope with the attacking quality that Spurs had at their disposal, as the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min ran riot.
It seemed to be all doom and gloom at Old Trafford after the thrashing at the hands of the Lilywhites but in hindsight, that result could prove to be the wake-up call that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men needed.
United are unbeaten since their defeat to Jose Mourinho, having beaten Newcastle, PSG and RB Leipzig and playing out a 0-0 draw against Chelsea.
The Man Utd captain admitted that it felt like a big crisis after the Tottenham game but insisted that the United players have worked hard to improve their defending since then.
He told the club’s official website: “After Spurs, we were all devastated and just three games into the season it felt like it was a big crisis.
“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.
“The first three games we were conceding far too many chances. So as a defensive unit, having kept the most clean sheets in Europe last season, we knew we had to improve to be more solid.
“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.”
Spurs Web Opinion
A lot of people seem to have written United off after we demolished them at Old Trafford but they have proved since then that they can be a force to be reckoned with when they play at their best. In fact, I expect them to right up there with us challenging for the top three. Given the form they showed in the second half of last season, I am much more concerned about them than I am about either Chelsea or Arsenal, even though I still expect us to finish ahead of all three sides.
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