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Guy United captain Harry Maguire insists they have got ‘stepped forward on protecting set performs’

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire insists they have ‘improved on defending set plays’ despite conceding stoppage-time equaliser from a corner in Southampton draw

Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire believes the side have made progress at defending set pieces despite Southampton scoring from a corner to deny them all three points on Monday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looked on course to continue their fine winning run with a victory over the Saints at Old Trafford but had to settle for a point when Michael Obafemi tapped home from a corner.

Southampton took the lead through Stuart Armstrong in the 12th minute before goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial put United ahead with Obafemi scoring an equaliser in the 96th minute. 

Harry Maguire believes Manchester United have made progress at defending set plays

Harry Maguire believes Manchester United have made progress at defending set plays

Despite conceding a stoppage-time equaliser from a corner in Southampton draw on Monday

Despite conceding a stoppage-time equaliser from a corner in Southampton draw on Monday

‘We have improved on defending set plays,’ Maguire told Sky Sports. ‘We had a terrible record at the start of the season but have been really good on them.

‘They can’t get in when we have four men around the goal so we’ll have to look at it.

‘We are disappointed at the moment but we dust ourselves down tomorrow.’

Michael Obafemi tapped home from set piece to stun United and seal a point at Old Trafford

Michael Obafemi tapped home from set piece to stun United and seal a point at Old Trafford

Maguire was widely mocked on social media after his bizarre role in Southampton’s last-gasp equaliser.

The centre back, signed for £80million from Leicester last summer, appeared to have man-marked team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the stoppage time corner – leaving Obafemi free to score.

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Victory would have seen United leapfrog Champions League chasing rivals Chelsea and Leicester into third but instead remain in fifth place with three games remaining. 


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