| 17.8°C Belfast

Harry Maguire adamant Premier League title should be Manchester United’s target

United have not been crowned champions since 2012/13.

Close

Harry Maguire is not content merely to finish in the Premier League top-four (Mike Egerton/PA)

Harry Maguire is not content merely to finish in the Premier League top-four (Mike Egerton/PA)

Harry Maguire is not content merely to finish in the Premier League top-four (Mike Egerton/PA)

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has his sights set on winning the Premier League title, insisting finishing in the top-four should not be the limit of the club’s ambition.

United have not been crowned champions since 2012/13 and in the six completed seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, they have only finished in the Champions League places on two occasions.

Before coronavirus brought British football to an immediate standstill, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions to close to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Maguire is heartened by the progress United have made in recent months and the centre-back, signed from Leicester for £80million last summer, hopes the building blocks put in place can lead to honours further down the line.

“I think you can see from the start of the season we look a lot more like a team, we can probably see where we want to go, where we want to head,” he told Sky Sports.

“I knew when I first came to Manchester United, (something) that Ole said to me loads and loads it’s a building process but we’ll be where we want to be. I can see where we’re heading and the style he wants to implement on the team.

“Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of aspects we need to improve to get to the top of where we want to be. We don’t want to be challenging for this Champions League spot, we want to be challenging for titles.

Close

Bruno Fernandes, right, has settled in well at Manchester United (Peter Byrne/PA)

Bruno Fernandes, right, has settled in well at Manchester United (Peter Byrne/PA)

PA

Bruno Fernandes, right, has settled in well at Manchester United (Peter Byrne/PA)

“We know there’s still a lot of improvement to get there, but we’re on the right track and I’m sure eventually we will get there.”

United signing Bruno Fernandes has been hailed as a shrewd purchase, with the Portuguese hitting the ground running in England, where he was crowned the Premier League’s player of the month in February.

The midfielder’s presence on and off the pitch has revitalised United, according to Maguire, who added: “He’s been brilliant since he’s come in, off the field around the training ground, he’s a leader and wants to win, everything he does he wants to win, you can tell he’s been brought up with that attitude.

“He’s just given us that little bit more life and creativity in the middle, something (pundits) and United fans have said we’ve missed over the years.”

PA