Harry Maguire calls Liverpool defeat “horrible experience” ahead of Tottenham clash

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has called his side’s humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool a “horrible experience” ahead of their clash with Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Old Trafford witnessed United‘s worst ever home defeat to Liverpool last Sunday, with Mohamed Salah taking advantage of some glaring defensive errors and grabbing a hat-trick.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called the defeat his “darkest day” since he took charge of the club – and it’s hard to disagree.

The Red Devils could have actually gone ahead when Bruno Fernandes was presented with a clear-cut opening from inside the box, but he blazed over. From the moment Naby Keita put Liverpool ahead on eight minutes, there was only likely to be one winner – and so it proved.

With almost a week now having passed since, United captain Maguire says the players “let down” both their manager and fans, and adds that the defeat was a “horrible experience”.

He told BBC Sport: “It was a horrible experience for us and the club. We let ourselves down, we let the manager down, we let the fans down. We’ve got to put something right.”

“We’ve obviously had a lot of discussion this week, analysed [the game], where we went wrong. But we’ve got to play better. Individually we’ve got to play better, we’ve got to cut out the mistakes.”

“In a big game against Liverpool, we know how intense it is, the first half was so open. It was chance after chance for both teams, and they were so clinical and we weren’t. We can’t play like that, we can’t play as open as that and give as many chances to these players, so we know we’ve got to improve.”

“Defensively we’ve got to do better, and individually we’ve got to do better. We can’t look at anyone else, we can’t blame anyone else, we can’t point the finger. We’ve got to look at ourselves in the mirror and improve ourselves.”

In their last three Premier League games, United have let in a total of 10 goals. Over the nine-game season thus far, that figure rises up to 15 – only Watford, Newcastle and Norwich have conceded more.

The Red Devils take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, who themselves have only won two of their last six Premier League games. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sit in sixth position on 15 points – one place and one point above tomorrow’s visitors.

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