Manchester United captain Harry Maguire said he and his teammates are “so disappointed” after they were on the receiving end of a humbling 5-0 defeat by arch-rivals Liverpool
Harry Maguire issued a grovelling apology to Manchester United supporters after his side were booed off the pitch following their heavy defeat by Liverpool.
Maguire was one of many United players who endured a torrid evening against Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the Old Trafford visitors scoring five past a shambolic backline.
Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set up his side to press Liverpool rather than sit deep and counter-attack, resulting in United’s midfield and defence being dragged out of position.
Mohamed Salah capitalised on the space this left to grab a hat-trick, while Naby Keita and Diogo Jota scoring the Reds’ other goals in a historic victory.
Salah’s goals at the end of the first half to extend Liverpool’s lead to 4-0 prompted many home fans to leave their seats, but Maguire thanked the majority that remained for their support.
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“First and foremost, apologies to the fans,” the dejected United captain told Sky Sports in his post-match interview. “It’s nowhere near good enough at this club. We are all disappointed. We spoke in the dressing room, I’m here because I have to be here.
“The only real thing is we have to apologise to the fans. They stuck right with us, singing and chanting at 5-0, but for us as a club we have to do better.”
Maguire also said he will go away and pick over his own performance before issuing a rallying cry to his teammates.
“I think it was too open,” said the former Leicester City centre-back. “I’m not here to analyse the game. We are so disappointed, we gave them too many chances, they were really clinical.
“Defensively, and I’m a defender first and foremost, conceding four at home at Old Trafford is nowhere near good enough.
“As a player, I know myself, I will be looking at myself as an individual and the performance of the team, I’m the captain and I lead the boys. We have to come together and stick together.
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“We have to look at each other and look at yourself in the mirror and think, what can you do better? It’s not about looking elsewhere and blaming others.
“To lose to Liverpool, to lose in any game of football hurts this club. No matter who you are playing.
“Liverpool are our rivals and the way we lost the game, to be 4-0 down in front of your own fans is not good enough.”