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Why only defenders are scoring for Manchester United in Old Trafford, by Maguire

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None of the Manchester United forwards have scored at Old Trafford in the Premier League

By Valentine Amanze

Manchester United central defender and former captain, Harry Maquire, has said that defenders were scoring more goals for the club now because of their resolve to reverse the trend.

He pointed out that the forwards scored most of the club’s goals in the 2022/23 season.

Maquire, who was explaining his rediscovered form to Manchester United Newsletter, disclosed that none of the Manchester United forwards have scored at Old Trafford in the Premier League, stressing that Marcus Rashford, the scorer of one goal in 16 club games, was the only one to have registered in the league.

Fellow centre-back, Victor Lindelof, became the fourth Manchester United defender to score a winner this season when he lashed in the only goal against Luton Town.

Maguire nodded in his first Manchester United goal in 19 months to secure a 1-0 win against Copenhagen.

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He also praised Lindelof for scoring against Luton Town at the weekend.

His words: “Definitely. I think it was a great finish from Vic today and he played brilliantly throughout the game.

 “He stepped up when we needed him.

“Like you said, there have been other times when I have done it, Diogo’s done it. But I think we spoke about it last year, that us defenders, we didn’t score enough goals. Our attackers were scoring all the goals, Marcus especially, so we all need to chip in a little bit more this year and we’ve started to chip in.

“But like I say, it will probably turn around and the attackers will be scoring all the goals in the coming games. But I’ve always spoke about set plays are a big part of football. We’ve played Luton at Old Trafford today and won the game on a set-play and, for me, over the recent years, our attacking set-plays have been nowhere near good enough.

“To start chipping in with little goals, in big moments, from second phases from corners, it’ll do us well and get us more three points.

“I see [the forwards] day in, day out in training and play with internationals next week in England and I play with the lads in training at Manchester United, they’re top players. They all have the ability to score goals.

“Yes, at the moment, we’re not scoring enough goals, we know that. And we’re not keeping enough clean sheets as well – that’s the way I look at it!

 “But I think it’ll click together. In the past, you’ve seen our attackers, they’re top-quality players, they can do it. They know that. Maybe a bit of luck will turn and they’ll get that first one and the goals will follow. I’m sure they will, because they’re all very very good players.”

Maguire overcame booing from casual Manchester United fans with his recent form, whch has produced a goal for him and the club.

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