Manchester United have beaten Brighton and Hove Albion in the semifinals of the FA Cup, producing a proper treat for the city of Manchester as they prepare to battle it out against Manchester City in the final.
The game ended goalless, after 90 as well as the additional 30 minutes, and luck favoured the 20-time English champions as Brighton’s Solly March missed the target from the spot in the seventh round, before Victor Lindelof took advantage of that to end the shootout.
United defensively better without Maguire
Harry Maguire arrived to Old Trafford from Leicester City in 2019 for £80 million and became the world’s most expensive defender, overshadowing Liverpool’s purchase of Virgil van Dijk 18 months earlier. Maguire was supposed to be United’s answer to their arch-rivals obtaining the services of such a formidable defender, but he hasn’t come anywhere near to making an impact like the Netherlands captain, even though he’s been trusted with the club armband. Now it’s come to the point where he’s being ridiculed by rival supporters, and his frequent, ridiculous mistakes keep costing his team.
Maguire’s performance against Sevilla in the second leg of their clash in the Europa League quarter finals on Thursday was particularly woeful, and it was no surprise that the England international was dropped for this match, despite both Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane being absent through injuries. His place in the back line was taken by left-back Luke Shaw, and right-back Diogo Dalot shifted to the left while Aaron Wan-Bissaka played on the right.
Maguire’s contract with Manchester United does not expire before 2025 and the club has the option to extend the deal by further 12 months, but the fact that united looked much better at the back with Shaw in his place will have cast further doubt on his future with the club.
The four players who started at the back in this match did extremely well to stifle Brighton’s inspired…
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Author : Veselin Trajkovic
Publish date : 2023-04-24 16:10:47
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