Peter Schmeichel warns Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood they ‘need to improve’ after Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal


Peter Schmeichel has issued a warning to the Manchester United duo (Picture: Sky Sports)

Peter Schmeichel has warned Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood they ‘need to improve’ after Manchester United’s deflating defeat to Arsenal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty handed Arsenal their first Premier League victory at Old Trafford since 2006 and inflicted another defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The Red Devils have beaten PSG and RB Leipzig in the Champions League recently but continue to struggle with consistency and were widely criticised for their display against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

Schmeichel, who won five Premier League titles at Old Trafford, says Solskjaer’s side are still ‘in transition’ but says some ‘big players’ – like Maguire and Greenwood – need to step up.

‘I think some of the big players need to improve,’ the Manchester United legend told beIN SPORTS.

‘There are a few players in there that are recovering from a lot of unwanted media attention that has nothing to do with football.

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‘A few big players are under pressure from external things, like [Harry] Maguire and [Mason] Greenwood. You have to be happy, the camp has to be happy, to challenge for titles.’

Schmeichel, who made 398 appearances for United, added: ‘They are inconsistent. Make no mistake, this is still a team in transition and a developing team.

‘They still need to bring new players in. It’s still a team that needs to find its identify and to find the main characters of the team. That was evident today.

‘It was very hard to see what we trying to do today. I have to say, it was made fairly easy for Arsenal.

‘It’s something that needs to be worked at. I still think we’re trying to recover from the 27 years of one manager and finding a new identity.’

Manchester United boss Solskjaer was also disappointed by his team’s performance. Following the defeat, the Red Devils remain 15th in the Premier League.

‘That’s football for you. It goes up and down,’ Solskjaer said.

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‘We didn’t turn up, especially in the first half. That’s what we have to address because we know these boys can be so good.

‘We knew that this was the big game this week. And unfortunately in the first half we didn’t play well enough.

‘Second half we played better, we never seemed to have to defend too much. But when we did have to, we were too slow and gave away the penalty.’

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