‘Maybe we were patting each other on the back’: Harry Maguire admits complacency may have crept into Manchester United’s side for Arsenal defeat after they thrashed RB Leipzig
- Manchester United lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday
- Captain Harry Maguire has admitted that United lacked creativity in their defeat
- United beat Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League but their home form is dismal
- Maguire claimed he was not worried despite identifying a lack of concentration
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has blamed a lack of concentration and focus for his side’s lacklustre Premier League defeat at home to Arsenal on Sunday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 69th-minute penalty extended United’s dismal start to the season at home as they failed to build on their 5-0 win over Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek.
Frustrated Maguire told Sky Sports: ‘It’s hard to put a finger on it. It’s disappointing from us – we didn’t start the game well.
Man United captain Harry Maguire claimed there were no excuses after the defeat to Arsenal
The 1-0 loss meant United have made their worst start to a league season at home for 48 years
‘We gave the ball away way too much in the first half. It was a cagey game of few chances.
‘They had one or two more than us. We needed to create more.
‘It worked so well in midweek… we were confident going in but it was important to start well and we didn’t. It’s not good enough.
Maguire warned that there were no excuses after United extended their streak at Old Trafford
‘We can’t find excuses. We weren’t at it – the concentration was not there with clean passing.
‘Maybe we were patting each other on the back, which shouldn’t happen. I keep saying that you have to stay level headed.’
UNITED’S HOME WOES
September 19: 1-3 vs Crystal Palace
October 4: 1-6 vs Tottenham Hotspur
October 24: 0-0 vs Chelsea
November 1: 0-1 vs Arsenal
United had hoped their league form would follow suit after thrashing Leipzig and keeping a clean sheet at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
They are 15th after failing to win any of their first four home matches in the league for the first time since 1972.
Their only two goals against visiting teams came in a dire 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in their opening game and a stunning 6-1 mauling by Tottenham earlier this month.
Maguire said: ‘It’s not a worry. It’s disappointing.
‘We have won at Old Trafford this year.
‘Something has got to change. Today wasn’t good enough.
‘There’s something not clicking right now at home.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his team lose home games 6-1 to Spurs and 3-1 to Crystal Palace
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