Peter Schmeichel has called on Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood to up their games following Manchester United’s latest defeat. The Red Devils’ latest setback came in the form of a 1-0 defeat to their top-four rivals Arsenal, whom they lost to at Old Trafford last Sunday.
Defeat to the Gunners extended United’s winless run at home this season and heaped more pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pressure is something United duo Maguire and Greenwood have been also been dealing with this season, although the majority of it stems from their transgressions off the field.
And former Red Devils stopper Schmeichel believes the pair, as well as their team-mates, need to make drastic improvements.
“I think some of the big players need to improve,” the Dane told beIN SPORTS.
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I think some of the big players need to improve
Peter Schmeichel on Manchester United
“There are a few players in there that are recovering from a lot of unwanted media attention that has nothing to do with football.
“A few big players are under pressure from external things, like [Harry] Maguire and [Mason] Greenwood.
“You have to be happy, the camp has to be happy, to challenge for titles.”
United’s display against Arsenal was a far cry from the performances they recently turned in against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
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“They are inconsistent,” Schmeichel added. “Make no mistake, this is still a team in transition and a developing team.
‘They still need to bring new players in. It’s still a team that needs to find its identity and to find the main characters of the team. That was evident today.
‘It was very hard to see what we trying to do today. I have to say, it was made fairly easy for Arsenal.
“It’s something that needs to be worked at. I still think we’re trying to recover from the 27 years of one manager and finding a new identity.”
Like Schmeichel, Solskjaer was disappointed with his team’s latest display, saying: “That’s football for you. It goes up and down.”
“We didn’t turn up, especially in the first half. That’s what we have to address because we know these boys can be so good. ‘We knew that this was the big game this week.
“And unfortunately in the first half we didn’t play well enough. Second half we played better, we never seemed to have to defend too much. But when we did have to, we were too slow and gave away the penalty.”
Manchester United will be back in action on Wednesday night, travelling to Turkey on Istanbul Basaksehir in their third Champions League Group H match.
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