Erik ten Hag on Harry Maguire and his role in the rest of the season
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Manchester United achieved an important victory against Nottingham Forest (0:2). Erik ten Hag is aware of how much this will mean to his team, given that they now have an ideal chance to stay in the top 4. Harry Maguire was one of the worst players on the field.
At one point, he was close to causing a penalty after playing with his hand. However, VAR decided that there was no question of a penalty. Maguire played on the right and the Dutchman revealed whether he has any plans to let Maguire play on the left.
"Not this season. The angles are not good for Harry if he is playing on the left side, it’s difficult for him also defending in wide areas on his left foot but I think he is more capable on the right. Victor is very good, he can use both feet and I think he also did a brilliant job in the rest of defence and the defensive transitions.
That’s why we prefer to do it with them in this way."- he said, as quoted by MIRROR.
Steve Cooper and penalty
Forest manager Steve Cooper is disappointed with the reaction from the VAR room. Namely, he believes that his team deserved a penalty.
Cooper believes that his team has been damaged before. However, neither an apology nor anything can help his team at this moment. "I think it's a definite penalty from Maguire and possibly a second yellow card, which could have been a game-changer.
I think it's a really, really, really bad error. One from the referee on the pitch, but benefit of the doubt from that angle and bodies around the ball, but for VAR not to give it. They apologised last week and they are going to have to apologise again tomorrow, which means absolutely nothing." Forest will have a tough fight for survival until the very end of the season. It won't be easy for them.