The captain of Manchester United Harry Maguire does no longer sees qualifying for the semi-finals of competitions as an achievement as he insisted that the club should start winning titles.
After Manchester United defeated Everton 2-0 on Wednesday night to qualify for the Carabao Cup semi-finals, Harry Maguire stressed that players came to a club like Manchester United not to just qualify for semi-finals but to win major titles.
The last time Manchester United that used to be one of the most dominant clubs in the United Kingdom and indeed the whole of Europe won a major title was during the era of Jose Mourinho between 2016 and 2018.
Mourinho won the club their last FA Community Shield, EFL Cup, and Europa League during the 2016-2017 season. Then, a player like Harry Maguire had not joined Manchester United. He was still playing for Leicester City.
Since 2013 when sir Alex Ferguson retired from managing Manchester United, the club has not been able to win the Premier League. The farthest United have gone after the era of Ferguson was ending the 2017-2018 season as Premier League runner up under Mourinho.
Since the Portuguese tactician was sacked at the end of the 2017-2018 season and was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club has not been able to do much in terms of winning titles.
Solskjaer has led the current crop of the team to finish third in the Premier League at the end of the 2019-2020 season. He also led the club to three semi-finals last season and successfully scaled through to one final (Europa League) out of the three semi-finals in his reign.
Unfortunately for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his captain, Harry Maguire, and the rest of his players, Manchester United failed to win any title despite playing in three semi-finals last season.
The Carabao Cup is United’s first Semi-finals for the 2020-2021 season and the club’s captain wants the club to go all the way by winning the title.
“We play for Manchester United, we’re expected to win trophies. We got to three semi-finals last year, this year we’ve reached our first semi-final in our first competition,” Harry Maguire told Sky Sports.
“It’s important to reach these big games, but we need to now start winning the big games, like the semi-finals, and lift trophies for this club.”
Manchester United have hugely improved from how they started the 2020-2021 season. Besides the fact that they have qualified for the semi-finals of this season’s Carabao Cup, the club is currently occupying the third spot on the league table with 26 points in 13 league games.
The good part of United’s position on the league table is that they are on the third spot with one game lesser than first and second-placed Liverpool and Leicester City; 4th placed Everton, 5th placed Chelsea, and 6th placed Tottenham Hotspur. They are just one win, and a draw away from the top placed Liverpool.