Maguire insists they’ve improved despite error against Southampton

Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire believes the side have made progress at defending set pieces despite Southampton scoring from a corner to deny them all three points on Monday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looked on course to continue their fine winning run with a victory over the Saints at Old Trafford but had to settle for a point when Michael Obafemi tapped home from a corner.

Southampton took the lead through Stuart Armstrong in the 12th minute before goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial put United ahead but Obafemi scored an equaliser in the 96th minute.

‘We have improved on defending set plays,’ Maguire told Sky Sports. ‘We had a terrible record at the start of the season but have been really good on them.

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‘They can’t get in when we have four men around the goal so we’ll have to look at it.

‘We are disappointed at the moment but we dust ourselves down tomorrow.’

Maguire was widely mocked on social media after his bizarre role in Southampton’s last-gasp equaliser.

The centre back, signed for £80million from Leicester last summer, appeared to have man-marked team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the injury-time corner – leaving Obafemi free to score.

Victory would have seen United move above Champions League chasing rivals Chelsea and Leicester into third but instead remain in fifth place with three games remaining.

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