Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has defended himself over claims that he should have been sent off in their 2-0 win over Chelsea on Monday.
The England defender who scored the second goal of the evening appeared to kick out at Batshuayi as both tumbled over the sideline midway through the game.
There was a VAR check for violent conduct, but Maguire was not penalized and the England international claimed he had not intended to hurt the Belgian forward.
"I can see why (it could be seen as a kick0. I knew I caught him. I thought he was going to fall on me, my natural reaction was to straighten a leg, so if he was to fall on me, it was to hold him up. It probably looks worse than it was.
"I didn't have an intent to hurt him or kick him. It was just a natural reaction to straighten my leg, it wasn't a kick. I've got studs on my boot, which makes it a little bit worse. I apologized to him but it was nice the referee has seen sense," Maguire said after the game.
With the win, United are up to seventh, with the race for Champions League qualification becoming increasingly congested.
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