Maguire says Manchester United should get through the Leipzig defeat

Wed 09 December 2020 | 9:03

Needing only one point to secure qualification, Manchester United were eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage after suffering a 3-2 defeat at Leipzig.

The Red Devils suffered from an early 2


-minute goal from


, as 

Amadou Haidara

was able to double

RB Leipzig’s

lead 11 minutes later. The game looked sealed as

Justin Kluivert

scored Leipzig’s third goal at 69


minute, as Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba’s late goals couldn’t save


men from an early Champions League elimination.

Manchester United


Harry Maguire

, who showed a poor performance against the Germans, says his side must take responsibility for their failure in Tuesday’s defeat, as well as their whole Champions League group’s performance.

"We started the game too slow. It wasn't good enough. The first 20 minutes we weren't at it. They put two balls in the box and we failed to deal with them,"

he told BT Sport.

"We have to look at ourselves, we gave ourselves too much to do. You've seen how close we came at the end but we started too slow and we can't keep falling behind.

"We said on Saturday at half-time, 2-0 down, the next goal is crucial and we said it again tonight. They made it 3-0 and the task becomes even bigger. The third goal proved to be the crucial one but even three down we came close at the end.

"I don't want to look at excuses. We have to go out and be aggressive, win balls. That's the basics. If you can't defend crosses you're going to lose games. I don't want to look at shape - it's not an excuse.

"It's a tough group but we felt we should get through. That's the standards of this club. I'm gutted for everyone, we worked so hard to reach this competition. No matter what group we got it would be tough. We have to do more."


Manchester United will face their rivals,

Manchester City

, this


in the Premier League.

source: SportMob