'We controlled the game' - Harry Maguire's verdict as Manchester United are held to Leeds United draw

HARRY Maguire felt his Manchester United side controlled Sunday's Premier League clash against Leeds United at Elland Road but without a cutting edge.

By Lee Sobot
Sunday, 25th April 2021, 4:46 pm
Updated Sunday, 25th April 2021, 4:50 pm

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's second-placed side had won their last five games in league and cup but were forced to settle for a point as Marcelo Bielsa's Whites moved ninth by stretching their own unbeaten league run to six games.

The contest was a completely different spectacle to December's reverse fixture at Old Trafford in which the Red Devils secured a 6-2 victory after going 2-0 up inside three minutes via a Scott McTominay brace.

"It was tight," said Red Devils captain Maguire, giving his verdict to Sunday's clash on Sky Sports.

BOOKING: For Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, left, after catching Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts, right. Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images.

"I feel like we had control of the game without really punishing them and creating.

"I think we created some good chances and enough to score but we didn't create enough.

"We knew how they were going to play, especially here.

"We felt it at Old Trafford in the first half, we capitalised on the areas that they left and our attacking players love a one v one and today it just wasn't to be.

"We created a few chances, a couple good enough to score a goal.

"We kept them to a minimum, I felt like defensively we were really good and solid but we just couldn't find that cutting edge.

"I think the tempo was there, I think the intensity was there, both teams were trying to play the right way.

"It just lacked that little bit of quality and the quality in the final third is where it matters and putting the ball in the back of the net whether it's a set play from one of us or a moment of brilliance from our attacking players.

"We just couldn't find that today but I felt like we had control of the game without hurting them enough."

Asked if he felt that the best chance of the game was Marcus Rashford's free-kick which Illan Meslier tipped over, Maguire instead highlighted the attempt that Bruno Fernandes whipped wide from inside the box in the second half.

"I think that was close," said Maguire of the Rashford free-kick.

"Bruno probably had the best chance of the game in the second half and on another day he puts that in the back of the net and we take all three points.

"But it was a tight edgy game. We worked the right way, defensively we went about it the right way, we pressed them, we had a lot of control of the game without being clinical enough."

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