Harry Maguire urged his team-mates to bounce back immediately after seeing them go down to Premier League basement boys Sheffield United on Wednesday. The Blades powered to only their second league win of the season at Old Trafford in a shock 2-1 win.
Kean Bryan and Oliver Burke scored the visitors’ goals to deny United the chance to return to the top of the Premier League table, after Manchester City went top on Tuesday with a 5-0 thrashing of West Brom.
Maguire had given his side brief hope with an equaliser on 64 minutes, and he acknowledged that United must return to form as soon as possible in order to stay in the race at the summit.
“It wasn’t good enough, we didn’t play to the level we have in recent weeks,” the England centre-back admitted to BT Sport after the final whistle. “We gave them two goals, now it’s time to stand up and be counted because it’s easy when you are winning football matches – when you lose it is about how quickly you bounce back.
“We started the game in full control. We have to do more, we made it hard for ourselves, got ourselves back in it and you can’t lose it from there.
“We knew at half time the next goal would be crucial, we had great belief we could do that again We weren’t good enough tonight and didn’t play to a level we expect from ourselves.”