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Harry Maguire says Man United ‘have to move on’

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire says Red Devils ‘have to move on’ after losing the Europa League semi-final 2-1 to Sevilla.

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Manchester United ‘have to take it to the next step’ – Harry Maguire.

(African Stand) — Manchester United defender Harry Maguire says they “have to take it to the next step” after losing the Europa League semi-final 2-1 to Sevilla.

The Red Devils – who have not won a trophy in three seasons – lost in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, FA Cup, and Europa League this season.

“Losing is not acceptable. Getting to semi-finals isn’t acceptable,” Maguire told BT Sport.

“[Winning a trophy] will happen soon. We want to win it as soon as possible.”

United led through a Bruno Fernandes penalty, but goals from former Premier League players Suso and Luuk de Jong sent Sevilla into the final for a record sixth time.

Sevilla keeper Yassine Bounou was the man of the match, with six saves in a frustrating night for United in Cologne.

Sevilla will play Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk in Friday’s final.

Maguire said: “The best team lost. They punished us for missing chances. We conceded from two crosses which is not good enough.

“We worked our socks off and deserved to win and get through. We fell short in a semi-final for the third time this year.

“Perhaps that bit of inexperience cost us – we shouldn’t have conceded that second goal.”

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – whose last success was the 2013 Norwegian Cup with Molde – said: “We have a young team – some spells showed that this group of players will have to learn and get some consistency in their play.

“Since February we’ve been fantastic. We’ve come quite a distance. It’s exciting to work with the boys but you could see in the end, tired legs and tired minds.

“We definitely need to improve to move up the table and take steps in the cups. I’ve never had three semi-finals in one season.”

It is the longest trophyless run for United – who finished third in the Premier League table – in 30 years.

Fernandes argued with defender Victor Lindelof after the second Sevilla goal, with United failing to deal with Jesus Navas’ cross.

“It’s normal when you concede,” said goalscorer Fernandes. “It’s not about me or Victor. What happened between me and Victor is normal. It will happen many more times in football. We need to see the mistakes everybody did and improve.”

Ericson Mangoli

Written by Ericson Mangoli

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