Maguire opens up and announces Manchester United’s ‘future about trophies & Premier League titles’
Harry Maguire says the future at Manchester United is all about “winning trophies and Premier Leagues”.
Despite all the criticism over the course of the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended up doing a pretty solid job at Manchester United this season and guided his club back into those Champions League places.
There are many out there that believe that they now have the squad to push on and challenge for that Premier League and Champions League titles, especially with the trio Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial up top, who netted over 50 goals between them last season.
And Maguire believes lofty targets should be set, with a side accustomed to challenging for major honours: “That’s why I joined this club. I joined this club to play Champions League football,” club captain Maguire told MUTV.
“At the start of the season not many people fancied us. Now we are third in the league everyone is going to go ‘well, it’s expected for Manchester United’. But at the start of the season no-one fancied us to reach the top four but we’ve worked hard, we’ve improved and I think that’s the main thing this season.
“What you see is a proper Manchester United team where we’re not happy to just fight for the top four, that’s not us.
“We’re realists and we knew we’re not going to jump the points total that we finished on last season to win the Premier League. It’s not impossible, you’ve seen Leicester do it, but it’s hard.
“We set a target of the top four as a minimum requirement, we had great belief that we would get there. We have left it late but we’ve got there in the end.
“It’s not what we want in the future. The future is all about winning trophies and winning Premier Leagues. The main thing this season is to see the improvement from last season, and it’s been enormous.”
He added: “We knew we had to put some run together to reach the top four.
“We gave ourselves a lot to catch up and do. We were a bit inconsistent over the start of the season, as I’ve been saying over the last few weeks, and it was nice to put a run together at the right time.
“I don’t think we sat third in the Premier League since the opening day. To go into the last day knowing we could draw as well, the onus was on them [Leicester].
“We wanted to win the game, that was the priority, finish third in the league. We’ve managed to do that and now it’s full focus on the Europa League because we want to win trophies.”