Defiant Harry Maguire says Manchester United haven’t even THOUGHT about playing in the Europa League and they fully ‘expect’ to go through ahead of do-or-die Champions League trip to RB Leipzig
- Harry Maguire says Manchester United haven’t thought about Europa League
- United must avoid defeat against RB Leipzig to progress in Champions League
- Maguire is full of confidence that United will be able to make it through
United face RB Leipzig away on Tuesday, with both sides currently on nine points along with Paris Saint-Germain.
If they avoid defeat United will make it through to the knockout stages and Maguire is adamant that his side will progress.
Harry Maguire has insisted Manchester United haven’t even thought about the Europa League
Maguire said: ‘We expect to get through the group, no matter who is in our group. That is the tradition and as a group of players we fully expect to get through. We look forward to the game. All we can do is look after the performance.
‘You play better teams with better players, that is just a fact. It is a challenge, one we want to be involved in, but we haven’t even thought about the Europa League.’
Maguire compared Tuesday’s game to the Premier League clash against Leicester in July, when United needed to win in order to reach the Champions League and managed to fulfill that aim.
‘First and foremost, I joined this club to play in the biggest games possible,’ the world’s most expensive defender said.
Maguire compared the game to the clash v Leicester in July, when United needed to win in order to get into the Champions League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to avoid defeat against RB Leipzig in order to progress
‘Your big players step up in the most pressured games, so for sure I think that’s a statement which shows over the years, that the big players step up in the big games.
‘It’s a bit similar to the game at Leicester last year where we had to get a result to reach the Champions League and we managed to do that, so we’ll take confidence from that.
‘But we feel ready, we feel prepared and we’re looking forward to it.’
United will finish first if they avoid defeat and PSG do not beat Istanbul Basaksehir.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have had a mixed campaign in the Champions League so far.
They secured impressive victories against PSG and Leipzig but then suffered a shock defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir before prevailing in the return fixture. United were then beaten by PSG last week to set up a dramatic conclusion to the group stages.
After coming from behind to beat West Ham 3-1, Solskjaer’s team will be confident going into the clash against Leipzig.
United will be without forwards Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial, who are both suffering from minor knocks.