Harry Maguire identifies what Manchester United must improve following win vs Aston Villa
Defender Harry Maguire admits Manchester United need to improve at set-pieces, both defensively and offensively, following their 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.
United moved to within six points of the top four after Scott McTominay stepped off the bench to score a dramatic 86th-minute winner. Villa had pulled themselves level just under 20 minutes earlier via a close-range finish from Douglas Luiz.
Despite falling behind to Rasmus Hojlund's fifth Premier League goal in as many games, Villa, expect for the opening 20 minutes, were the better side, carving out a plethora of chances, meaning they were worthy of Luiz's leveller. From a United perspective, it was a cheap goal to give away, failing to fully clear their lines after a Villa corner.
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United, however, had scored their opener via a corner of their own, with Maguire rising highest inside the box to nod the ball down into Hojlund's path to turn the ball home. Maguire was often a threat from set-plays in the first half, and he has highlighted the importance of them if United are to continue climbing the table.
Maguire told Sky Sports: "I think both teams caused problems from set-plays, to be honest. I don't think either team was at their best defending them, and attacking them they [Villa] were aggressive.
"I got a couple of first contacts in the first half and I wasn't sure if it was offside or not - it must have been tight with Rasmus [for the goal] and he wasn't sure either. They caused problems as well and got the equaliser from a set-play.
"Listen, set-plays are a huge part of