English Premiership

The top four is within reach for United, says Maguire

2019-12-09 09:27
Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire (Getty Images)

London - Harry Maguire has the top four in his cross-hairs after Manchester United's thrilling derby triumph at Manchester City lifted them to fifth in the Premier League table.

A week that started with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure after a below-par performance in a home draw against promoted Aston Villa ended with a second memorable victory in a matter of days.

Fresh from deservedly seeing off Jose Mourinho's Tottenham 2-1 on Wednesday, United won by the same scoreline at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday thanks to a breathtaking start and impressive gameplan.

Solskjaer's side could have added to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in a fine first half that laid the foundation for the 2-1 victory, which moved them to within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea.

"I think you need to look after your own results, don't look elsewhere, keep winning games," said Maguire, the world's most expensive defender.

"We've won back-to-back games against Spurs and City. We've got another big game next week now (at home to Everton).

"The top four is in sight but we just keep looking after our own results, keep trying to get the three points and keep improving."

United struggled to score goals in the early months of the season but Rashford, Martial and the fleet-footed Daniel James showed they can scare any side on Saturday.

"Over the last month or so, I feel like as a defender I look at the forwards and think they're going to score goals," Maguire told MUTV.

"At the start of the season we didn't really score more than one goal in a game but now I think it's a few games on the spin where we're back to scoring goals.

"They're a big threat, they're top players, great talent and I think it's all coming together now."

United are unbeaten in five Premier League matches and have secured their first back-to-back league wins since March.

There is a growing confidence within Solskjaer's squad and Maguire is targeting more improvements after captaining the side to victory in the blue half of Manchester.

"We feel like this year we haven't got results in some games where we feel we deserved the three points," he said.

"I think the last two games, I don't think anyone can question that we've deserved both victories."

 

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Fixtures
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur, Vicarage Road 14:30
Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth, Carrow Road 17:00
Arsenal v Sheffield United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Etihad Stadium 17:00
West Ham United v Everton, London Stadium 17:00
Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Aston Villa, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Newcastle United v Chelsea, St. James' Park 19:30
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Burnley v Leicester City, Turf Moor 16:00
Liverpool v Manchester United, Anfield 18:30
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Sheffield United v Manchester City, Bramall Lane 21:30
Everton v Newcastle United, Goodison Park 21:30
Crystal Palace v Southampton, Selhurst Park 21:30
Aston Villa v Watford, Villa Park 21:30
AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion, Vitality Stadium 21:30
Chelsea v Arsenal, Stamford Bridge 22:15
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