'We need to make Old Trafford a fortress', says United £80 million man Maguire

Manchester United's Harry Maguire applauds the fans after the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

Manchester United’s £80 million man says they need to make Old Trafford a ‘fortress’ after hammering Chelsea 4-0 in their first match of the Premier League season.

In his first outing at The Theatre of Dreams in a United shirt the most expensive defender in world football put on a solid display, keeping Frank Lampard’s attacking Chelsea at bay.

Man of the match Maguire said there was room for improvement, but was delighted to make a winning start on his debut for United.

"It's a great start for myself and obviously the team," he told Sky Sports. "We rode our luck a little bit in the first half, we gave them too many chances and were sloppy on the ball.

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"In the second half we were a lot better, were much more like ourselves and controlled the game and we fully deserved the three points."

The 26-year-old was well aware of United’s defensive frailties last season and wasn’t the only one brought in to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back line, with Aaron Wan Bissaka also making his debut at right back.

"We knew there were only two clean sheets last year here. We need to make it a fortress."

Despite some nerves ahead of the first game of the season, Maguire knew they could over come Chelsea’s defense with their ‘dangerous front three’.

"It was the first game of the season at Old Trafford, so there were few nerves in the first half. We didn't handle the ball well enough and gave it away in dangerous areas.

"But in the second half we kept it better, moved it nicely and if you give it to our front three you've always got a chance of scoring because they're so dangerous."

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