Premier League: ‘Time to stand up and be counted,’ says Harry Maguire after Manchester United’s shock loss to Sheffield United

Maguire cancelled out Kean Bryan's opener with a powerful header in the second half but Oliver Burke scored the winner for the visitors after United failed to clear.

Agence France-Presse January 28, 2021 16:47:31 IST
Premier League: ‘Time to stand up and be counted,’ says Harry Maguire after Manchester United’s shock loss to Sheffield United

Manchester United's Harry Maguire's congratulated by teammates after scoring the equaliser against Sheffield United. AP

London: Harry Maguire has called on Manchester United to "stand up and be counted" after their shock 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United hurt their Premier League title chances.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side blew their chance to leapfrog Manchester City at the top of the table against opponents who had won just a single league match all season.

If Pep Guardiola's team win their game in hand, they will be four points clear of United, who have not won the Premier League since 2013.

Maguire cancelled out Kean Bryan's opener with a powerful header in the second half but Oliver Burke scored the winner for the visitors after United failed to clear.

The United captain said the club must react quickly.

"The boys are devastated, if I'm honest," he told club media. "It's a really quiet dressing room.

"The boys are so disappointed. We didn't expect it, we came into the game confident. We've got to pick ourselves up."

United's defeat ended a 13-match unbeaten run in the league since they lost to Arsenal at Old Trafford on 1 November.

Mikel Arteta's improved side are their next opponents, this weekend.

"It's all good and easy when you’re winning football matches and you're playing well, but now it's time to stand up and be counted," said Maguire.

"When you get kicked down, it's how quickly you bounce back and Saturday's a big one and we’ve got to get three points."

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