Harry Maguire delivers Man Utd rallying cry ahead of Champions League pursuit

Harry Maguire has delivered a rallying cry to his Manchester United teammates as they aim to secure Champions League football next season.

United have gone unbeaten in their last 10 games in all competitions, with Maguire helping them keep eight clean sheets in that period.

They remain in contention for the FA Cup and the Europa League.

A 2-0 win on Sunday in the Manchester derby also saw them close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to just three points.

The captain is pleased with their defensive improvement.

He told MUTV: “We need to build on clean sheets. It is a foundation.

“If we keep a clean sheet, it is a cliche, but, if you keep a clean sheet, it gives you every chance of going on and winning the game.

“Eight in 10. Defensively, all season, we have not been a team that has been all over the place and conceding numerous chances. We have never been that team.

“We have conceded sloppy goals at sloppy moments. Set-plays, long-range shots, special goals but, lately, we have cut it out.

“We have been defending set-plays and I can tell you that is a big bonus.

“It is the key to start picking up good results and that is what we have done.”

Despite the impressive triumph over Manchester City , he’s still demanding more from the team.

He added: “We don’t want to be a team that gives up possession really easily.

“I didn’t feel there was any need for me to start telling the full-backs or centre-halves to start jumping more, or trying to start putting pressure on higher up the pitch because we were 1-0 up and didn’t feel under threat in terms of them creating chances.

“But we don’t want to be a team that doesn’t have a lot of the ball. We want to be a team that controls the game, especially at home.

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