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'That's Why I'm Not a Forward' - Harry Maguire Laments His Easy Miss in Draw With Milan in Europa League

Arjun Singh Devgan
Harry Maguire missed an easy chance to give Manchester United the lead during their 1-1 draw against Milan in the Europa League
Harry Maguire missed an easy chance to give Manchester United the lead during their 1-1 draw against Milan in the Europa League / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images
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Manchester United skipper, Harry Maguire has lamented his horror miss against AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday, while also calling his side to "play a lot better" in the second leg at San Siro next week.

United were held to a 1-1 draw by Milan despite taking the lead courtesy of a Amad Diallo strike in the 50th minute. Simon Kjaer scored deep into stoppage time to cancel out the goal and give his side an important away goal lead going into the tie at San Siro.

Maguire for his part had a great chance to open the scoring for United, but somehow managed to hit the post from less than a yard out, and he took full responsibility for the poor finish post the game.

“I should have scored. I am not making any excuses for that one. I should have scored. I should have put it in the net. That’s why I am a defender and not a forward! But no excuses I have got to score," he told BT Sport.

“It is only halfway and we have to stay positive, but we need to play better. It is disappointing to concede in the last minute, especially at a set-play when we didn’t play well, we didn’t play at our best but were comfortable in the game.

"We need to play better [in Italy] that what we have done tonight. I felt we did enough to win 1-0 although they probably had the majority of the game but we had the best chances of the game. But we need to play better and we know we can play better. It is going to be an exciting tie next Thursday and an important one for us. We have got to go there and play a lot better than we did tonight and we can go through.”

Before the second leg against Milan, United will first need to face West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday, 14 March.

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