Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.
Maguire overcame a nervy start at Old Trafford to deliver a solid defensive showing against old club Leicester. He didn’t put a foot wrong against Demarai Gray and Jaime Vardy to help United keep their first clean sheet in three games.
While it was, by all means, a relatively below-par performance for United, Marcus Rashford’s eighth-minute penalty was enough to seal a badly needed 1-0 victory.
For many, though, Maguire deserved praise after answering his critics with a standout display.
“When you play against strikers like Jamie Vardy, you have to concentrate because if you mistime your run, he is in behind you and I thought Harry did well,” Red Devils boss Solskjaer told BBC.
Meanwhile, Maguire said: “It was tough playing against Jamie. I’ve played with him for two years and he is a top player who can terrorise defences when he is on his game.
“We knew it was important to get the win, especially after the international break. We have to build on a solid base and we want to keep clean sheets, especially at Old Trafford. We are always going to score goals with the attacking talent we have.
“We could have kept the ball better but we defended well. The boys who came in looked sharp and fit and a big well done to them.
“We have games coming thick and fast and I’m sure the manager will utilise the squad, so be patient and take your chance when you get it.”
United and Maguire will next play host to Kazakh side Astana for their Europa League opener on Thursday in Group L.