Harry Maguire details how Man Utd have bounced back from ‘big crisis’ vs Spurs

Harry Maguire reckons the recent thrashing from Tottenham might have saved Manchester United's season.

United were left humbled and humiliated following the 6-1 home defeat to Spurs earlier this month that led to calls for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked.

Maguire admits the dressing room was left devastated afterwards and that United felt like they were facing a crisis.

But since then United have gone unbeaten in four games in all competitions and recorded impressive back-to-back Champions League wins over Paris Saint Germain and RB Leipzig to put one foot in the knockout stages.

Captain Maguire reckons the chastising loss to former manager Jose Mourinho's side might just have done United a huge favour in the long run.

And he said: "After Spurs, we were all devastated and just three games into the season it felt like it was a big crisis.

"It was quite a strange feeling, because we don't expect to lose games at Old Trafford and we definitely don't expect to lose games like we did.

"The first three games we were conceding far too many chances. So as a defensive unit, having kept the most clean sheets in Europe last season, we knew we had to improve to be more solid.

"We have worked hard on the training ground and since the international break we have gone back to not conceding chances like last year, when we were a solid unit and a solid base.

"It has been important, for me as a defender, to give the forward lads every opportunity to go and win the game. It's a start, but it is still an early win in the season."

United hammered RB Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night – and Maguire admits these are the standards his side must look to maintain for the rest of the campaign.

The England defender, whose side host old rivals Arsenal this weekend, added: "It is going to be a long journey, but we've got to improve. We know that and we are doing so at the minute, but there is a long way to go.

"It is the start of a European campaign where we want to be successful. We don't want to stop in the group stage, we want to get through and be successful in the knockout stages.

"That is the standard we have set and the expectations we have set. Last season you have seen a lot of our top performances brought out great results. We know we can get to the level and the level has to be hit more. It has got to be more consistent.

"I think you have seen that since the international break. We have come back with a great mentality. We needed a reaction. The only way was up.

"We had a bad start to the season, we knew that. We have had a good reaction since. Obviously we are disappointed not to win the game against Chelsea (last weekend), but we have another big game at the weekend and one we have to perform in like we did against Leipzig."

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