May 25, 2024

If Manchester United is to rekindle their hopes of finishing in the top four, Harry Maguire cautioned the “naive” team that they need to “find a solution quick.”

“Overall on the balance of play we didn’t do enough in the first 60 minutes or so, we started the game not great,” Maguire said. “The first half was pretty even, but when you’re not playing at your best you have to do the basics right and set pieces is part of that.” United entered Saturday’s match against Fulham undefeated in 2024, but that run came to an abrupt end when Alex Iwobi scored a 97th-minute winner to hand the visitors the victory.

“It’s disappointing in that regard because we knew they would pose a threat to us from those areas, and from what we’ve heard, they scored early in the second.”

Both halves saw United begin slowly, and they were forced to pay midway through when Calvin Bassey scored on his second effort from a corner.

Maguire’s late goal helped United rally from there, but it was all in vain, and as a result, United is now outside the running for Champions League status.

“Even though we were behind by a goal, I thought our response was excellent, particularly in the final 30 minutes, and after we tied the score, I think only one team will win it,” he remarked.

By pushing too many people forward and losing the counterattack, we were ultimately naïve.

Rasmus [Hojlund], who has been a major focal point for us, was injured, but it is up to us to figure out the fixes and the areas where we need to improve.

As United gets ready to play Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday night, their focus will shift to the City Ground.

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