Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has hit back at critics such as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who felt he should have had a penalty called against him in the goalless draw between the two sides.
In a match of few incidents, a noteworthy moment came in the first half when Cesar Azpilicueta went down in the box after a clash with Maguire as they competed for the ball at a free-kick.
Maguire appeared to be holding Azpilicueta but VAR ruled there was nothing in it.
The decision angered Lampard, who said after the match: “Holding is allowed, but headlocks don’t go on.
“I don’t know why VAR didn’t take long and there’s also a monitor to look at. I think if the referee goes to the monitor he gives a penalty.”
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In a post on his Instagram story, Maguire responded to the comments with an image of a similar incident from the game which happened to him.
The picture showed Maguire attempting to get away from Reece James, who has his left arm wrapped around the United defender.
But just like with Maguire and Azpilicueta, the referee and VAR allowed play to continue.
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Meanwhile, Lampard says he is pleased with how his Chelsea players have claimed back-to-back clean sheets after struggling defensively at times this season.
“Where we have conceded more goals than I would have liked in certain games this season, it is important to try to address those problems,” Lampard said.
“Obviously we are addressing them at the back. I thought we defended the box very well [at Old Trafford].
“Defending for me at this level when you have individual players with good quality is about concentration. Concentration is what defines defending in top players generally.
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“Thiago Silva on Saturday was a great example of a defender who concentrates at every moment of a game, not just to affect things himself but to affect those around him. That was a big plus.
“The balance is something we will constantly work on. We got in nice areas at certain times.
“We didn’t have the usual spark that we have seen from Timo [Werner] and Kai [Havertz] already, or what Christian can do, but I will take positives in that we defended very well and had at times good control, but did not have the absolute penetration we normally have.”
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