Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, has insisted that his team punished Manchester City a lot during their Premier League 4-1 defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday.
EPL: We punished Manchester City a lot – Harry Maguire
Maguire said this while reacting to Man United’s Premier League derby defeat against the Premier League champions.
Two goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez ensured Man City defeated United at the Etihad.
“We had a good belief at half-time,” Maguire told MUTV.
“We played the first half well, like I say, it was probably a 50-50 game in terms of both teams playing aggressively, both teams playing on the front foot.
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“But the difference was when we won the ball back off them in the first half, we were clean, we were good in transitions, we got on the counter-attack, we punished them a lot of times with finding good balls out wide and we kept the ball in their half.
“The second half came and any time they put us under pressure, we gave away the ball far too easily.
“It enabled them to control the game through possession and it made it difficult for ourselves to get up the pitch, and obviously they did what they do in terms of keeping the ball and they did that well in the second half.
“For me, the most important thing is that we’ve got to look after the ball better.”
Man United’s next game is against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.