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Man United captain Harry Maguire insists they have ‘improved set-play defense’

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire insists they have ‘gotten better at defending set-plays’ despite setback at half-time after a corner in Southampton

Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire believes the party has made strides in defending set pieces, despite Southampton scoring from a corner to deny them all three points on Monday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side seemed to be on course to continue their nice winning run with a win over the Saints at Old Trafford, but had to settle for a run when Michael Obafemi tapped the goal from a corner.

Southampton took the lead via Stuart Armstrong in the 12th minute before goals by Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial United took the lead, with Obafemi scoring an equalizer in the 96th minute.

Harry Maguire believes Manchester United has made progress in defending set plays

Harry Maguire believes Manchester United has made progress in defending set plays

Despite a halftime equalizer in a draw in Southampton on Monday

Despite a halftime equalizer in a draw in Southampton on Monday

Despite a halftime equalizer in a draw in Southampton on Monday

“We’ve gotten better at defending set-plays,” said Maguire Sky Sports. “We had a terrible record at the start of the season, but have been really good at it.

“They can’t go in when we have four men around the target, so we’ll have to look at it.

“We are currently disappointed, but we will brush off tomorrow.”

Michael Obafemi tapped home to stun United and seal a point at Old Trafford

Michael Obafemi tapped home to stun United and seal a point at Old Trafford

Michael Obafemi tapped home to stun United and seal a point at Old Trafford

Maguire was widely mocked on social media after his bizarre role in Southampton’s last breath.

The central defender, who signed £ 80 million from Leicester last summer, was found to have a teammate from Aaron Wan-Bissaka before the stoppage, leaving Obafemi free to score.

The win would have seen United leapfrog Champions League chase rivals Chelsea and Leicester to third place, but instead remained in fifth place with three games to go.

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