Despite only playing a few minutes in the Carabao Cup final, Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire was determined to savor the moment. Despite some criticism on social media, Maguire has not complained about his lack of playing time and has kept his head down, supporting his team-mates and performing when called upon. He is determined to keep winning trophies at United and is focused on moving the club forward and bringing success back to the club.
Maguire insists he has no mixed emotions about his lack of playing time, as the club had gone so long without a trophy. He understands that there is high competition for places and that he has a big responsibility on and off the pitch. The battle to get a starting place in the back four is tough due to the excellent form of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, as well as Erik ten Hag’s preference for Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof.
The manager has been positive with Maguire about his role at the club and believes he is a top centre-half with all the attributes to play in his team. Maguire believes that the positive attitude of the players, even those not involved, is helping to forge the spirit at the club right now. He believes that winning games breeds confidence and a good atmosphere among the fans and the club, and that everyone is pulling in the same direction.
The impact of winning a first trophy under the new boss cannot be underestimated, and it really does feel like a huge corner has been turned. Maguire believes that the belief in the squad, players, and staff is why they are moving forward, and that winning games breeds confidence. United are still in contention for three other pots this season, including the title which is not beyond the bounds of possibility. Maguire insists that while they are in all four competitions, they go into every game trying to win it. No matter what, the club captain wants that as much as anyone.