Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has set a new challenge for the team’s defenders as they wait for the league resumption.
While speaking alongside Victor Lindelof about his first season in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's back four, Maguire wants them to improve from set-pieces and to nullify how many chances they give opponents.
"I think like there (have been) a lot of games that we’ve done well in. When we keep a clean sheet it doesn’t always mean that we’ve played well. We’ve conceded goals this season and sometimes played better in those games compared to the matches in which we’ve not conceded any.
"For example when we went to Manchester City (in the Carabao Cup), David (De Gea) kept us in the game when on another day it could have been two or three goals for them.
"But then, thinking off the top of my head, we played Everton at home and they didn’t really have a chance in the game and we conceded a goal. So it’s not just about clean sheets, it’s about limiting the opposition’s chances that they’re creating.
"We’ve got to keep working on things and getting better and I think you’ve seen the progress this season. Like I said we don’t concede many chances but we’ve been poor from set-plays and that was something we worked on during the winter training camp (in February) to try and nail down not conceding soft goals from set-plays because they’ve lost as many points this season,” Maguire is quoted by the United’s website.
At the time of the Premier League suspension, due to coronavirus, only league leaders Liverpool and Leicester City had conceded few goals than United and they will hope they can continue in the same vein when the league resumes.