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Manchester United Star Admits It 'Can't Go On Like This'

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Manchester United Star Admits It 'Can't Go On Like This'

Harry Maguire has admitted that Manchester United's poor performances can't go on and that he's 'sick' of repeating the same words.

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United, with Maguire as their captain, have failed to live up to the pre season predictions that the additions of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo would make them Premier League title challengers again.

Instead the team have gone backwards from last season, where they finished second to Manchester City, and last Monday's loss to Wolves, the first under Ralf Rangnick, has put them 22 points behind their local rivals already.

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Whilst both Rangnick and predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have had their fare share of criticism, the players are also under fire and Maguire admitted they need to do better.

"We are letting the fans down and have to come out fighting. This team finished second last year. We've a bigger and better squad this year so we have to show the right attitude," the former Leicester City man said.

"We have big players in the team, leaders. I am sick of repeating myself, but it can't continue like this. We need to go on a proper run, starting Monday."

Maguire has come in for plenty of criticism for his own performances. Image: PA Images
Maguire has come in for plenty of criticism for his own performances. Image: PA Images
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Well known United fans Steve Howson and Mark Goldbridge both criticised the players in videos in the past week, since the loss to Wolves, with many other fans annoyed they had to agree with the two men who often split opinion.

Maguire admitted that him and the players had seen the criticism from fans, and former players, and said that he actually agreed with much of it.

"I've obviously seen a lot of criticism and a lot of it is absolutely correct," the 28-year-old added.

"From what the fans and ex-players have said, we get it. A lot of it is justified and we all have to take massive responsibility, myself as captain as much as anyone, if not more.

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"We need to start winning and playing well as a team."

Ralf Rangnick faced criticism after the defeat to Wolves. Image: PA
Ralf Rangnick faced criticism after the defeat to Wolves. Image: PA

Fred and Marcus Rashford were the first two players to come out in defence of interim boss Rangnick, after reports of up to 17 players being unhappy with the German.

Captain Maguire has now joined his teammates in defending the former RB Leipzig boss and again putting the blame on himself and the other players.

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"The manager has made an impact," the England international said, "He is there to set us up tactically which we absolutely take on board. We listen to him and his staff and it's up to us once the game starts.

"His detail and preparation is enormous. We have full respect and trust in his methods. It's difficult when the coaching team changes mid-season like it does at loads of clubs.

"I will say it again, it's down to us as players. The quality and leaders are in the team to ensure we finish the season in the top four and with a trophy."

Maguire and the rest of the players will have their first chance at redemption when they face Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Monday, and they face the same opposition next weekend in the league.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Premier League, Manchester United, Harry Maguire

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