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Maguire suggests Klopp and Mourinho comments have changed Man Utd’s season

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was left feeling hard done by after their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Maguire was adamant that West Brom’s early opener should have been ruled out for a foul on Victor Lindelof.

And he was also insistent he should have been awarded a penalty following a decision which was overturned by VAR having originally gone in his favour.

Maguire made his frustrations clear after the game – and suggested the tide has changed for his side in the wake of comments from rival managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho regarding decisions going in their favour.

Maguire said to MUTV: “Ever since other people from other teams spoke about us we’ve had absolutely nothing from the referee or VAR.

Harry Maguire was frustrated with VAR after Man Utd were held at West Brom

“At the moment we’re playing without them so we’ve got to make sure we’re not leaving the game in the hands of the referee or the VAR.”

Speaking earlier this season, Liverpool manager Klopp noted United’s “incredible record” with penalties since VAR was introduced.

Klopp said: “I hear now that Man United had more penalties in two years than I had in five and a half years. I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.”

Former United boss Mourinho, now at Tottenham, also claimed: “If somebody cannot cry about VAR, it’s Manchester United”.

Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho both publicly questioned Man Utd's penalty record
Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho both publicly questioned Man Utd’s penalty record

Speaking after taking on the Red Devils, he said: “We knew that we could have a penalty against and we were very careful with it,.

“We know Manchester United has an incredible record with penalties given this season and we knew that everything in the box was very dangerous for us.”

Maguire now appears to believe officials have been impacted by those comments with decisions now starting to go against his side.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he said: “I was so confident that it was going to be given as a penalty but it seems like the decisions at the moment are going against us.

“But we’ve got to be doing more to win the game. We can’t be relying on VAR decisions, we’ve got to do more to win the game.”

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