Manchester United's Maguire should have seen red, says Lampard

Ross Houston
February 18, 2020

Although, United did not have to wait long for the second goal as the lead was doubled three minutes later after Harry Maguire lost his marker to head home a corner from Bruno Fernandes.

Two players struck the post from free kicks in the second half, Fernandes for United and Mason Mount for Chelsea. A VAR review ruled against Maguire being sent off. It wasn't a kick out and there was no intent or anything like that'. "I don't think many people would have put us in fourth place at this point in the season, so the fight starts now". It was just a natural reaction. "It's not worth me going on about it now but the reality was there for us to see".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he sees similarities between what he is trying to achieve at Manchester United and Frank Lampard's work at Chelsea FC.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed a victory that keeps the Old Trafford men in the top-four running.

Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher also felt a red card should have been shown, with Keane calling Maguire "a lucky, lucky boy".

Frank Lampard has made a decision to stick with Willy Caballero in goal so Kepa remains on the bench while the Blues boss also names an unchanged back four of Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Olivier Giroud entered from the bench a little later in a direct swap for Batshuayi, as the Blues launched a comeback and the change nearly paid off as the Frenchman looked to have brought his side back in the contest as he steered home a low cross from the near post only for VAR to disallow the effort on 77 minutes.

"It was a solid performance. But we got the first goal and hung in there". "It's a big three points", Maguire added.

"This season, we have been far too inconsistent, " Maguire said.

"Of course we want to be in the Champions League next year, and we've given ourselves a chance with this result, but we know that we need to improve", said Solskjaer.

"We are fourth because of some of the good stuff we've done and because of the nature of the league, everyone taking points off each other, " Lampard said.

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, who signed for United on deadline day in the January transfer window, came on in second-half stoppage time for his debut and had a late chance saved by Willy Caballero, who again started in goal ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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