Manchester United versatile forward Marcus Rashford scored in injury time to snatch a last-gasp victory over Wolves at Old Trafford on Tuesday night as the Red Devils registered a crucial 1-0 win over Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to close the gap on Liverpool.
A deflected effort from Rashford in the closing stages of the game proved to be enough to secure the three points.
While Rashford will undoubtedly pick up most of the plaudits, United defender and club captain Harry Maguire arguably stole the show with a solid display at the back as he put in a workmanlike performance.
England international Maguire was colossal at the back for Solskjaer’s side against Wolves as they earned a clean sheet for the first time since the Carabao Cup clash with Everton and his latest showing was all the more impressive especially when you consider the fact that he has started 21 games across all competitions this season so far.
As per SofaScore, the 27-year-old centre-back was rewarded for his efforts with a high rating of 7.8 out of ten – only David de Gea scored higher – as he made two tackles, three interceptions, two clearances and blocked two shots to deny Wolves a share of the spoils.
Maguire, who earns around £189,000-per-week at Old Trafford, also took 87 touches of the ball, which was two more than even Paul Pogba managed, and clearly made the most of all of the possession as he attempted long balls over the top at almost free will, completing eight successful long balls out of nine attempts, via SofaScore.
The Sun seem to agree, claiming he ‘got his side on the front foot early on with some nice, crisp passes through the lines’ and provided an example of ‘perfect defending to stop Pedro Neto after a dangerous Wolves counter.’
It’s safe to say that Maguire has had his fair share of naysayers during his time at Old Trafford – we can count ourselves among that number – but this kind of performance has been so typical of him over the past couple of months.
He endured a torrid time at the start of the season but has benefitted from having Eric Bailly back alongside him to plug the gap in the leaky defence. United have now conceded 23 goals in the Premier League, seven fewer than Leeds United, with two clean sheets out of their previous three fixtures, via Transfermarkt.
As 2020 draws to a close, it finally looks like Maguire is starting to live up to his hefty price-tag and looks like a real talent. It might seem a bit of a stretch at first, but he could emulate Rio Ferdinand as he is already the club’s undisputed first-choice centre-back. He just needs to keep performing on a consistent basis.