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Erik ten Hag’s reaction to Harry Maguire mistake that leads to goal says it all

The face of the Manchester United manager told quite the story after Hary Maguire made another glaring mistake to hand hosts Sevilla the lead inside the opening 10 minutes

Harry Maguire gifted Sevilla the lead early on
Harry Maguire gifted Sevilla the lead early on

Harry Maguire has made yet another disastrous error for Manchester United in the opening eight minutes against Sevilla and clearly disappointed his manager Erik ten Hag.

The much-maligned defender scored an own goal in the first-leg late on at Old Trafford to hand the Spaniard’s hope coming into this tie and has now made his side’s task all the more difficult for the second leg. Maguire passed the ball back to David de Gea, before the shot-stopper played a relatively tame pass back into the feet of the centre-back.

While some will argue De Gea’s pass was not one Maguire would have wanted, the defender simply has to do better than what followed. His attempt to play the ball out wide to Aaron Wan-Bissaka was cut out by Erik Lamela, which allowed Youssef En-Nesryi to calmly guide his strike into the bottom corner unchallenged.

As the Sevilla players wheeled away in celebration, television cameras cut to the United manager stood on the edge of his technical area.

Ten Hag cut a miserable figure on the touchline, stood staring blankly at the pitch while the rest of his players could barely believe what Maguire had just done.

De Gea must certainly take some responsibility for his part to play in the error, but further replays have showed Maguire actually calling for the ball from his goalkeeper.

Erik ten Hag had a face like thunder after the goal was scored
Erik ten Hag had a face like thunder after the goal was scored

Considering he did so without scanning what was around him, Maguire has once again cost his side. Just how badly remains to be seen, but United now trail 3-2 on aggregate and will have to respond.

 

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