Manchester United were able to continue a brilliant run of games in the Europa League when they won 1-0 away to Partizan in Serbia.
Anthony Martial was able to score from a penalty kick late in the first half to put the Red Devils ahead who then battled off spirited attempts from the home side to equalize.
Despite their shortcomings during the game, United were starkly different from the distraught side that hadn’t tasted victory in the past six games.
A big part of that difference was due to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bringing about seven changes from the Liverpool game and turning things around tactically too.
Amongst these was also the assigning of Harry Maguire to the captain’s role, a duty the English international may not have been fully aware of.
This game happened to be Maguire’s first European outing as his previous endeavors with Leicester and Hull City were limited to qualifiers.
The centre-back was named the captain ahead of the game, but apparently he wasn’t fully cognizant of his limited duties.
During the traditional pre-match coin-toss, the defender had to be called to the center of the pitch by the referees.
To make matters even more embarrassing, Maguire fumbled with the toss and the resultant decision to field his team, clearly not used to the ordeal.
This wasn’t missed by United fans who called the summer signing out for his awkwardness. It is further put under a comical light when one considers that he allegedly requested for the captain’s armband as part of the summer negotiations.
Nevertheless, his on-field leadership cannot be questioned and he’ll certainly be pleased at delivering a cleansheet for United.
A former captain in the making?