The defender from England acquitted his international teammate of any liability and agreed with the result of the Goodison Park VAR verdict.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has acknowledged that it would have been a “soft” call if he had been awarded a penalty in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Everton.
During the second half, while attempting to win a loose ball after a free kick, the midfielder clashed with Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
In recent weeks, Pickford has found himself in an unwelcome spotlight, having been the antagonist in a collision that saw Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk ruled out because of a serious knee injury for the rest of the season.
He was cleared on this occasion after a VAR review from referee Michael Oliver, and Maguire feels it that was possibly the right call on balance.
“He told the club’s official website,” I just explained this there, I personally don’t think it was [a penalty]. “Maybe I fouled Jordan first, I guess. As he went to catch the ball, I put a hand on his chest and I felt the touch on my knee.
I felt like I was probably pushing Jordan before, and I know that everyone was probably trying to jump on him and drop the ball, but I felt like I was pushing him. I ‘d say that [the penalty] would have been a little mild.
After a frustrating week, in which they hadn’t impressed in a 1-0 home loss to Arsenal or in a 2-1 away defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League, Maguire felt it was vital that United got back on track.
“It’s hard for the lads sometimes, but today we responded very well to two bad results,” he said. We thought like we were letting ourselves down against Arsenal.
In another day, Arsenal could have had a different outcome. It was a close, edgy game, but when we’re playing at Old Trafford, we don’t want it to be tight and edgy. We want the game to be dominated. We set a soft target for them and they went on to win the game.
We gave them a soft goal to take the lead again in the week and we found it difficult to build chances to come back. We knew that coming here and having three points was an important game. The boys responded very well, but it’s just a start, as we know.
On November 21, after the international break, Manchester United will return to action against West Bromwich Albion.