The Red Devils started the Premier League with a 2-1 defeat by the Seagulls at Old Trafford, with United looking lackluster for most of the 90 minutes.
Pascal Gross scored twice in the first half and while an Alexis Mac Allister own goal after the break gave the home side hope, it wasn’t enough and the Ten Hag era began with defeat and all the optimism of the pre-season is gone .
“We started the game positively; We had a good pre-season and losing 2-0 at half-time at Old Trafford was the worst start possible,” Maguire told Sky Sports after the game.
“We’re one goal behind but we puffed and puffed a bit and it’s a bad start for us. We started pretty well and at the front and were in control as a team. Then we conceded the first goal and that really knocked us out.
“We have to make sure that that first goal doesn’t throw us back so much. The 0-2 deficit at half-time was a nightmare.
“We talked about scoring the next goal [at half-time]. I think the second half showed good parts of our game but overall we didn’t do enough. We had a lot of pressure and possession, but we need to be a little more creative and we need to improve on that.
“It’s something we need to address or it’s going to keep happening. The first goal felt like a heavy blow for all 11 of our players.’
As expected, centre-back Maguire started alongside new signing Lisandro Martinez but the £46m man didn’t have the best debut as United’s backline struggled to deal with Brighton’s well-organized attack.
In terms of attack, United looked uncreative and uncertain and it’s clear Ten Hag’s project will be long and tedious.
“It’s great to have Lisandro Martinez at the club,” Maguire added.
“We have competition for positions at central defender. We didn’t play a lot together and in those early days we weren’t on the same wavelength. Partnerships with centre-backs are built over time and we get a lot better and keep a clean sheet.
“Everyone knew the task. We had a bad season last season. We have a new manager who is trying to transfer his philosophy to the team but if we don’t do it right then we look way too open.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/07/harry-maguire-says-man-utd-must-improve-after-2-1-defeat-vs-brighton-17142599/ Harry Maguire says Man Utd need to improve after 2-1 defeat by Brighton | Soccer