Harry Maguire thinks Man Utd have been “really good on set-plays lately” after they conceded an injury-time equaliser from a corner in their 2-2 draw with Southampton.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Monday morning that Manchester City’s two-season European ban would be lifted, increasing the importance for fifth-placed Man Utd of winning that evening at Old Trafford.
They were on course for a fifth successive Premier League victory, having bounced back from Stuart Armstrong’s early opener through Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial goals in quick succession.
But, just as the jump to third beckoned for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, substitute Michael Obafemi struck in stoppage time to seal a 2-2 draw the Norwegian could have few arguments with.
And Maguire admits they must get their defensive solidity back if they are to finish in the top four this season.
“We’ve been really good on set-plays lately,” said Man Utd captain Maguire. “Defending set-plays is something we’ve improved on during this unbeaten run.
“At the start of the season, we had a terrible record conceding set-play after set-play. But we’ve been really good at them lately.
“The guy can’t get a header in at our front post when we’ve got four men around it. We’ll have a look at it and we’ll learn from it.
“We’re disappointed. We got control of the game and we had numerous chances to kill the game off. We weren’t at our best.
“We’re not saying there are loads of areas to improve on, but we did enough to win the game and a set-play has killed us in the end.”