From the moment Manchester United suffered defeat away to Istanbul Basaksehir, they knew they had an absolute mountain to climb in their Champions League group.
The draw had pitted them alongside both PSG and RB Leipzig, so realistically, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s desperately needed a minimum of two wins from two from the side from Turkey.
That damaging defeat left them requiring a win against Leipzig in their final group game, and after falling 3-0 behind on Tuesday night, there was absolutely no coming back from that, even despite mounting a late rally.
And whilst Solskjaer will understandably take a lot of the criticism for his side’s performance, Harry Maguire delivered the kind of shocking display that will once again leave many wondering just how Leicester managed to prise out £80m for him.
The England international looked all at sea trying to deal with Leipzig’s fluid attacks, and it was no surprise that he was found wanting for the Bundesliga side’s decisive third, when he completely misjudged a cross and allowed Justin Kluivert to pounce.
Maguire’s lack of awareness of runners behind him has become a theme of his defending at United, and when the stats sheet on Tuesday see him having made no tackles or interceptions whatsoever, that’s no surprise at all.
It even led United legend Paul Scholes to slam him as being “wooden” and “stiff” whilst on punditry duty for the game, and for the United captain to produce such a display in a game they desperately needed their leaders to stand up and be counted, was disappointing to say the least.
Solskjaer might take the flak for being the man in charge, but Maguire’s performance shouldn’t go unpunished either.