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Maguire: Lingard should learn as he’s leaving

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Manchester United captain Maguire encourages Lingard as he leaves.

Manchester United captain Maguire encourages Lingard as he leaves.

Harry Maguire says Lingard will definitely learn from his mistake and believes there is plenty of time for United to get their UCL campaign back on track.

He said:

“In terms of Jesse, no footballer likes making mistakes, but it’s part and parcel of the game. We’re humans, every footballer makes mistakes. We’ll learn from it, he’ll learn from it and he’ll pick himself up and be ready to go on Sunday because that’s part of football.

“Discipline is a huge part of tournament football. For example, if this was a knockout game and we go out of the competition because we go down to 10 men, I’m sure everyone would be kicking themselves. We’re fortunate that it’s the first game of the group and we have loads of time to bounce back from it, but discipline is a huge part of football.

“I think the majority of their chances came in the first half when we were playing with a back four and we couldn’t really get out to stop the crosses or defend the box well enough with the bodies that they were throwing forward.

“In the second half, I thought we looked controlled without the ball without being a huge threat on the counter-attack. We could have done more on the ball, but without it, I felt like they didn’t create big opportunities.

“In terms of the shape without the ball, I felt like we were a lot better when we went to a back three. In terms of pushing forward, we maybe could’ve done a little bit more.”

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