Some of the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after two defeats in four days – including the Champions League embarrassment against Istanbul Basaksehir – was lifted with a 3-1 win at Everton.
The victory avoided the ignominy of United’s worst start to a season since 1989-90 and gave his manager some breathing space after coming under increasing scrutiny, but three wins in seven league games leave always the club in the lower half of the table.
Maguire admits it’s hard to ignore criticism at times, but felt the performance at Goodison Park gave them something to build on after the international break.
“In this club, one thing that I noticed during my time here – I’ve been here for a year and a half – is that we are the most talked about club in the world,” he said.
” Why? Because we are the biggest club in the world. People don’t want us to do well. Why? Probably because of the success we have had in the past. ”
“We have to be up to the task, we have to react and not let the negatives enter our bubble inside the training ground. Sometimes it’s hard for guys. “
Speaking after the match in a video posted to Manchester United’s Twitter feed, the England international added: “We have responded well to two bad results. We felt on the right track after Leipzig (5-0 win) and we let ourselves down against. Arsenal (last Sunday).
“It wasn’t a good enough performance. This week again we gave them a soft goal and found it too difficult to create chances to come back.
“We knew it was an important game to get three points. We have responded well, but this is only the start. “
Maguire is one of the players who has come to the end of criticism, having so far failed to live up to his status as the world’s most expensive defender after his £ 85million move from Leicester in summer 2019.
However, he was praised by Solskjaer for his performance in the victory at Everton, which was achieved thanks to two goals from Bruno Fernandes who, on the other hand, has had no problem excelling since joining Sporting Lisbon in January.
“I thought Harry’s performance was top notch against – for me – one of the best in the world in aerial play, (Dominic) Calvert-Lewin, with his timing in the air, his jump, his spring and his athleticism.” said the United boss.
“And I thought as the back line we were defending ourselves really well against him. Very happy with Harry and the others there.
Solskjaer: We were ready to fail at Goodison
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sharply criticized the Premier League schedule following his side’s 3-1 win at Everton on Saturday midday, saying his side “were ready to fail”.
United traveled to Istanbul Basaksehir for a Champions League group stage clash on Wednesday – a game they lost 2-1 – before having to face a refreshed Everton at Goodison Park at the start of the weekend.
And although his team came from behind to claim all three points, the Norwegian still hit what he called the ‘absolute joke’ schedule his players were facing after Luke Shaw (hamstring), Victor Lindelof (rear) and Marcus Rashford (shoulder) all were injured.
“How can you expect the players to perform to the best of their ability when you send them out at 12:30 pm? Absolute joke, ”Solskjaer said.
“A month ago we tried to move this game. What sense is there for us to play on a Saturday when we could play on Sunday and there is an international break afterwards? “