Maguire sends Man Utd team-mates warning ahead of crucial Sheffield United fixture
Harry Maguire has warned his Manchester United teammates that if they want to beat Sheffield United at Old Trafford, they need to improve their performance on Bramall Lane.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team will host the blades on Wednesday. This should be a crucial point in the fight for qualification for the Champions League.
Chris Wilder's side are currently two points behind fifth-placed United, but defeating Newcastle on Sunday would lead them to Old Trafford and sit in the table over the Red Devils.
The last time the two teams met it was a dramatic 3-3 encounter when United came back after two goals only for Oli McBurnie and equalized in the 90th minute.
"It was a crazy game," Maguire told The United Review. "We were really poor in the first half." No doubt it was one of our poorest first halves of the season. We managed to score two goals less but we were in a great position and looked like we were going to win.
"They didn't create any real chances in the last 20 or 30 minutes of the game and then, obviously with the last kick, found a place and it was a good finish from Oli McBurnie.
"It was a difficult result in the end, but I don't think we deserved more than a point that day. We weren't good enough and we know we have to do better in this game."
The game will be the first behind closed doors in Old Trafford. Though the club did its best to make sure it looked as good as possible and the fans were on-site, it will be a strange experience for the players.
"It is disappointing not to play in front of your fans, but one day they will be back," said Maguire. "And when they get back, the atmosphere will be even better and louder." Usually it's in Old Trafford - if you can beat that.
"We will miss the fans. They are following at home and away in large numbers and the support is incredible. But we know that they will stand in front of their TV screens, watch us, scream at us and the main thing is that we will smile at them again want to put in the face. "
Despite the lack of support, Maguire is not worried that United will lose its home advantage and is confident that the team can perform well.
"It may take some away from home fans, which makes the atmosphere uncomfortable for the away team, but it's still about the eleven players who show up that day," he added.
“There is enough talent in our squad to beat everyone. We concentrate fully on ourselves and do not see that it is at home or on the go. We only see each game as an opportunity to get the three points and do our best. "
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