Manchester United fans were thoroughly impressed with the performance put up by their team on Saturday as they won 1-0 against Leicester City.
Even though the Red Devils’ sole goal of the night arrived through a well-placed Marcus Rashford penalty, there is no denying that the team kept up a brand of electric and balanced football.
Many specific players were lauded for their efforts including Scott McTominay, Ashley Young, and Harry Maguire.
Maguire, in particular, was a standout performer during the game, excelling in his defensive duties and displaying great passing prowess as well.
At the same time, he also displayed a classy gesture during the game, interacting with his former teammates and shaking hands with Brendan Rodgers.
His tweet after the game requires special mention as it outlines the sheer professionalism he showed, alongside a bit of cheek and a good sense of humor.
Were people expecting Leicester fans to give Maguire shit? Really surprised me. I wish he had kicked off and forced a move, so he could’ve have a pre-season with us, instead of showing the club the respect the fans weren’t prepared to show him.
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) September 14, 2019
It is indeed unfortunate that the away fans from Leicester booed Maguire during the game at Old Trafford. This is particularly odd considering how the world-record centre-back maintained professionalism during the long drawn-out summer transfer saga.
Fans will now be expecting for more all-round showings from Maguire who is already displaying the signs of a potential future captain.
The game also consisted of an amendment of past flaws wherein Maguire’s forward runs often left Victor Lindelof quite lonely. This worked to their detriment against Crystal Palace and Southampton.
Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to fine tune his back line further and ape the defensive calmness that was evident on Saturday. This is the brand of balanced and modern football that United ought to pursue more often.
Maguire is the key figure in achieving the same. He has made his intent clear to keep clean sheets in every game and so far he has succeeded only twice. How many will he succeed in notching by the end of the season?