Harry Maguire has been left red-faced by his comments following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at West Brom.
United were held to a point by Premier League strugglers Albion, falling behind within the first 83 seconds before Bruno Fernandes equalised.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had numerous chances to win the game after the break, with Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and captain Maguire all being denied by West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone and his defence.
The draw is a critical blow to United’s hopes of claiming their first Premier League title since 2013, with Solskjaer’s men now seven points behind leaders Manchester City.
And to add insult to injury, Maguire has been ridiculed for his post-match comments in which he claimed teams struggle to create chances against West Brom.
“We were in a good mood, good confidence, good preparation, five days to prepare. That feels long this season,” Maguire told Sky Sports.
“I thought we did enough to win the game, we have to take our chances. When you play against such a deep block, you’re never going to come here and create 10 chances, 10 clear cut chances.
“When the big moments come you have to take them. Going a goal behind we shot ourselves in the foot which made it difficult for ourselves.”
While Maguire claimed it would be hard for United to break down Albion, other teams have had no such issue.
In fact, every team who played Albion in the Premier League between 8 November and 2 February created 10 or more chances.
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Sam Allardyce’s men also hold the unwanted honour of conceding the most goals in the top flight so far this season.
They’ve let in 55 goals this term, an average of more than two a game, 13 more than any other Premier League side.
And a look at the statistics from Sunday’s game also serves to leave Maguire looking foolish, with the Premier League’s website stating the visitors had 10 shots.
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