Man Utd: Maguire says winning trophies is next step
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Manchester United star Harry Maguire has insisted owners must communicate with their fans, at a time where the Glazers are coming under fire. The Americans tried to get the Red Devils involved in the European Super League last week. However, they ended up pulling out and apologising after a big backlash.
United, along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, signed up to play in the ESL.
However, that move backfired spectacularly.
They ended up withdrawing after a big fan backlash, with many supporters venting their fury over a ring-fenced division.
The Glazers ended up apologising while Ed Woodward resigned, though will stay on in his current role as executive vice-chairman until the end of the year.
And United fans even protested at the club’s Carrington training complex, getting their message across and talking with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself.
Maguire has now sat down for an interview with ESPN, with United banning him from discussing the ESL situation.
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Yet the Red Devils skipper has hinted he feels the Glazers and other owners need to communicate with fans better, having previously left them all in the dark.
“I think it’s really important that footballers have a voice in the football,” Maguire said.
“It’s really important that fans have a voice in football and owners, too.
“We’re all in this together, we all love the sport, we all have great passion for the sport and it’s important that everyone has a voice.
“I think playing for Manchester United, you have a big profile whether you are captain or not.
“Obviously I’m the captain of the club and I’m really proud of that, but there are all the big players and other big voices in football who I’m sure will have a big input.”
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Maguire also revealed he was in contact with FIFA president Gianni Infantino over changes to the game and how the players feel about them.
“We spoke over emails,” he said.
“It’s great that he [Infantino] got in touch with me, and it’s something I appreciate.
“He is a highly respected man, and obviously someone I respect. It’s really nice for him to get in touch and speak to me about ways that we can develop football.
“First and foremost, I respect whatever he has to say to me. He’s the boss, he’s the one who tells me or explains what’s going on.
“But obviously, if he asks me a question, I’d answer with my honest opinion. My opinion is obviously one of a million peoples’ opinion, but if I could have got tiny, tiny input, then that would be important.”
United face Roma tonight and, on Sunday, will lock horns with Liverpool.
And Maguire thinks his side have made real progress, with the Red Devils now sitting above their fierce rivals in the Premier League table.
“It’s a big game whenever we play Liverpool,” Maguire said.
“We want to win and we expect to win. But the most important thing is that we improve on last season.
“We finished third in the Premier League and it was only the last day that we qualified for the Champions League, so we needed to improve on that.
“The league table doesn’t lie.
“I don’t know how many points off the top we finished, and we’re still points off where we at this club want to be, even if we finish second in the Premier League.
“Next season, whatever happens, we’ve got to finish better than where we finish this season and that means getting more points than we’ve done this season.
“I joined the club to win trophies, to lift trophies. Every player who plays for Manchester United expects to win trophies.
“In recent years, we haven’t managed to do that, so we’ve got to improve and, next season, we’ve got we improve again.”
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