Harry Maguire has thanked Manchester United fans for chanting his name after scoring the winner in his side’s 1-0 win over Copenhagen on Tuesday.
Maguire has long been criticized and is no longer a regular starter at Old Trafford but has enjoyed a positive performance under Erik ten Hag, culminating in a winner against Kobenhavn – a result sealed by a stoppage-time penalty from 12:00. another underdog, Andre Onana.
Maguire’s strike was met with plaudits from the fans and the centre-back was thrilled that his positive form had not gone unnoticed.
“It’s unbelievable,” he told TNT Sports after the game. “When you’re not on your game it will be picked up, but I’m really proud and happy how I’ve performed over the last six to 12 months.
“I’ve been given an opportunity and I want to help the team and get the club back to where it should be.”
Maguire gave his team the win / Jan Kruger/GettyImages
Maguire reflected on the game and added: “We have to be more clinical, we had a lot of counter-attacks and didn’t give them a chance in the second half.
“The first half was very poor, it wasn’t perfect but an important win.”
Maguire wanted to dedicate the victory to the late Sir Bobby Charlton, who died this week and was the subject of emotional tributes from both United and Copenhagen before the game.
“It was meant to be,” said the centre-back. “We were destined to win the game, a great save and a victory dedicated to Sir Bobby and his family.”
“It’s been a tough week for us away at Sheffield United and to lose a guy like Sir Bobby, it affects the youngster and the dressing room. But really pleased we could win tonight.”
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