Manchester United edged out Luton City in a 1-0 win at Previous Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Whereas the house facet dictated the movement of play for almost all of the match, they struggled to make their 64% possession rely in what was a poor attacking show.
In the end, it took an opportune shot by centre-back Victor Lindelof from a nook to safe the three factors that Man United desperately sought.
Though Man United clearly want to enhance at capturing and creating area in entrance of objective, the workforce’s defence seemed surprisingly relaxed towards Luton, with Harry Maguire proving to not simply be a stable defender however an efficient passer of the ball as properly.
Though the England worldwide by no means made any tackles towards Luton, he stood stable on the again all through the 90 minutes, by no means permitting a single Luton participant to dribble previous him.
He made three clearances, whereas additionally main each United and Luton with three blocked pictures.
Whereas Maguire produced an honest defensive show that was topped off with a clear sheet, it was the previous United captain’s passing that really turned heads.
Maguire accomplished 78 of his 86 tried passes, leading to a formidable 91% passing accuracy.
Along with making a key move, the centre-back acquired 97 touches on the ball, proving to be a extremely concerned participant all through the competition.
Maguire was not simply an efficient passer in the midst of the park, however on the assault as properly.
Early within the first half, he thumped an extended ball to Marcus Rashford on the fitting wing, whose subsequent cross to Rasmus Hojlund nearly resulted in a objective had it not been for a formidable save from the Luton goalkeeper.
In complete, Maguire accomplished 9 out of 13 lengthy balls; essentially the most of any United participant on the day.
Whereas the once-struggling United defender has proven fixed enchancment in his defensive performances, Maguire has exhibited a robust passing recreation as properly, suggesting that he could be a extra versatile participant than many anticipate.
Clearly, Maguire has each intention of resecuring his spot within the beginning 11 as United proceed to rebuild following a difficult begin to the season.
(Stats through Sofascore)