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Man Utd’s game against Spurs is “perfect” chance to put things right, says Maguire

By Harry Edwards

Published: 22:40, 3 December 2019

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire believes their game against Tottenham Hotspur provides the perfect opportunity for the club to turn their season around.

The Red Devils are winless in their past three games across all competitions, drawing against Sheffield United and Aston Villa while also losing to Astana in the Europa League.

In the draw with Villa, a Tom Heaton own goal and Victor Lindelof’s header helped United come from behind after Jack Grealish’s wonderful effort, but they were unable to keep their lead as Tyrone Mings netted an equaliser.

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  • Manchester United drew 2-2 with Aston Vila at Old Trafford on Sunday.
  • It was the third game in a row in which they failed to win across all competitions.
  • United now sit 10th in the Premier League after 14 games.
  • The Red Devils face Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
  • And Harry Maguire believes this is the perfect game for United to put things right.

United currently sit 10th in the Premier League, eight points behind Chelsea who currently occupy the final Champions League qualification spot. This has led to some doubts regarding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at the club.

And as we enter the busiest period of the Premier League season, things won’t exactly get easier for United. Up next is the visit of Tottenham – led by former boss Jose Mourinho – on Wednesday evening.

United then make the short trip to the Etihad for the Manchester Derby on Saturday against a Manchester City side that will be looking to keep up with league leaders Liverpool.

But while some fans may be dreading United’s upcoming fixtures, Maguire believes it could be good for the club.

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“It’s perfect,” he told MUTV about United’s next match.

“When you don’t win a football match you want a game as soon as possible to put things right.

“And there’s no better way than to play Tottenham here at Old Trafford.”

After the trip to Man City, United finish their Europa League group stage campaign against AZ Alkmaar before facing Everton, Colchester United, Watford, Newcastle United and Burnley before the year is out. Then there’s the small task of Arsenal to herald in the new decade.

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Maguire frustrated with Man Utd’s defending

Although Maguire appears to be optimistic about United’s chances against Tottenham, the centre-back was still critical of his side’s defending.

In the past two Premier League games, United have scored five goals against Sheffield Utd and Aston Villa but also conceded five, something Maguire admits the club need to work on.

“As a defender especially, it’s frustrating,” he added.

“We haven’t really conceded many chances or goals prior to the last two games and then we’ve conceded five. And the attackers have scored five and we’ve ended up coming away with two points.

“It’s disappointing, especially as a defender. It’s something that we’ll work on but it’s not like we were conceding lots and lots of chances today. Like I said, Jack [Grealish] scored a worldie and the second goal has come from a set-play, which we need to tighten up on.”