Manchester United secured a noteworthy triumph, and at the heart of their success was the outstanding performance of their English star.
On paper, it seemed like Manchester United would have an easy time triumphing as the visiting team at Sheffield United’s home ground. Not only did they possess a superior squad, but Sheffield had been enduring a woeful season, with just one point to their name in the Premier League.
However, the home team put up a commendable fight, putting coach Erik Ten Hag and his squad through a tumultuous 90 minutes of football. Only a moment of brilliance from Diogo Dalot in the second half allowed Manchester United to depart with all three valuable points.
In the closing stages of the match, Sheffield pressed aggressively in their quest for an equalizer, and it’s safe to say that the excellence of Harry Maguire played a crucial role in preventing any breaches in Man Utd’s defense.
In the encounter with Sheffield, Maguire not only avoided any costly errors, but he also exhibited the qualities of a top-tier Premier League center-back.
According to data from Statman Dave and Fotmob, Maguire made an impressive 104 touches of the ball during the match. He completed 76 passes with an accuracy rate of approximately 82%, pinpointing his ability to distribute the ball effectively.
Of particular note was Maguire’s adeptness at delivering 13 precise passes over the defensive line and 14 passes into the final third of the pitch, highlighting his role in initiating attacks.
On the defensive front, the former Leicester standout left his mark with 8 ball recoveries, 3 crucial clearances, 5 successful aerial duels, 1 successful tackle, and an impressive 3 blocked shots from Sheffield’s attempts. Maguire’s well-rounded performance undoubtedly played a pivotal role in securing the victory for Manchester United.