Harry Maguire earns Erik ten Hag praise for Man of the Match display as incredible stat shows winning impact
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Harry Maguire earns Erik ten Hag praise for Man of the Match display as incredible stat shows winning impact

Oct 23, 2023

Harry Maguire put in a man-of-the-match display against Sheffield United before paying tribute to the late Sir Bobby Charlton.

Diogo Dalot’s late howitzer of a goal saw Manchester United defeat the Blades 2-1 after a scrappy performance at Bramall Lane.

Dalot scored an absolute beauty to win United the match

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Dalot scored an absolute beauty to win United the matchCredit: Getty

But leading from the back was Maguire, who came up through the academy at Sheffield United.

He was given a warm reception from the home fans in Yorkshire and impressed with a brilliant display.

The England international completed the most touches (104), won 100 per cent of his tackles, had the most passes completed (76), most 14 final third entries for United (14) and won possession eight times.

Remarkably, that is the 15th victory in 16 games for United in matches since October 2022 that Maguire has started.

Maguire stats prove he might be indispensable

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Maguire stats prove he might be indispensable
Maguire put on a stellar display at the back

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Maguire put on a stellar display at the backCredit: Getty

After receiving the Man of the Match award, Maguire paid tribute to the late Charlton, who sadly passed away on Saturday.

He said: “It’s a really sad day and preparing for the game it hit us hard.

“Sir Bobby came into often after games and he lit the place up.

“You could see his aura that he brought to the dressing room and you could see the respect that the lads and the staff had for him.

“He’s an absolute legend of this club and a legend of football and our thoughts go out to his family.

“He was always coming in the changing room and it was whether we won or lost, it wasn’t just when we won, but his presence was really felt and you’d always see him around the club.

“We will miss him and the world will miss him, he was a great person and an amazing footballer.”

United boss Erik ten Hag was also full of praise for Maguire, who has started the last two matches for the Red Devils and landed victory.

Ten Hag praised Maguire after the match for his performance

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Ten Hag praised Maguire after the match for his performanceCredit: Getty
The England regular received his award from match-winner Dalot

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The England regular received his award from match-winner Dalot
Maguire is becoming a steady presence again

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Maguire is becoming a steady presence again

“It was deserved he played a really good game, he showed good personality and I’m really happy with his performance,” he said.

While it has not been a great start to the season for Ten Hag, victory over Sheffield United puts his side ninth and ahead of Chelsea, who drew 2-2 with Arsenal earlier on Saturday.

And United can thank Dalot for his thunderbolt strike late into the night against Paul Heckingbottom’s side, who remain with just one point this season.

Scott McTominay had gone from hero to zero earlier in the contest after scoring the opener only to give a penalty away minutes later.

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