Maguire says the top four is “in sight” for United
Harry Maguire says Manchester United have the top four "in sight" after Saturday's derby win cut Chelsea's advantage over them to five points.
Maguire captained United at the Etihad Stadium as the Red Devils held out under significant second half pressure from reigning champions Manchester City to claim a crucial 2-1 win in the 179th derby.
Saturday’s result was made even sweeter after fourth-placed Chelsea slipped up against Everton in the Premier League’s early kick-off.
And while the new gap to the Champions League places now looks bridgeable, Maguire knows all Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to do in the coming weeks is to look after their own performances.
“I think you need to look after your own results and don’t look elsewhere,” said the £80million defender. “We need to keep winning games, we’ve won back-to-back games against Spurs and City.
“We’ve got another big game next week [against Everton]. The top four is in sight but we need to look after our own results and keep trying to get the three points, and keep improving.”
United won’t have it easy against Everton, judging by their passionate display in victory over Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.
The Toffees appeared reborn under interim boss Duncan Ferguson and played with the sort of aggression the Scottish striker made his hallmark during a playing career that once saw him score a famous brace against United at Old Trafford.
Centre-backs Maguire and Victor Lindelof should prepare for a much more physical test than they received from Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus when Dominic Calvert-Lewin goes up against them next weekend.
The England international, however, has called for everyone – particularly some of the younger stars at United to not get carried away by the magnitude of their most recent results.
He added: “It’s a big three points, a special win, one for the fans and I’m really happy for them. We just keep moving up that table and keep chipping away.”
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