(Video) Maguire reflects on his role at Manchester United after securing Europa League progression

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has reacted to the club reaching the Europa League quarter-finals.

The 30-year-old started just his 11th game of the season in all competitions, with United heading into the tie on a three-goal advantage.

Tonight’s match ended 1-0 in the Reds’ favour, rounding off a 5-1 aggregate victory against Spanish opponents Real Betis. They will find out their opponents for the next stage of the competition tomorrow.

Post-match, the defender spoke to BT Sport on his role at United currently, having fallen out of favour under Erik ten Hag.

Maguire’s post-match comments

He said: “It’s been a good two games over the two legs, Betis are a good team, fifth in La Liga. They’re doing well this season so we knew it wouldn’t be an easy draw. We performed well at Old Trafford and we knew coming here, [that] they’d come at us in the first 20 minutes, throw everything at it.

We conceded a few chances and were a little bit sloppy with the ball, which they capitalised on. We had chances ourselves as well.

In the second half, we controlled the game really well, got the goal we deserved and then we played good football from then on.”

Maguire added: “I have an important role on and off the field at this club. Every day I try to make this club succeed, whether I’m playing or not. That’s my main focus at the moment.

Listen, I work hard at training and that’s all you can do. It’s not been too long since my last game, it was only a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve started five or six games since the World Cup.”

Footage courtesy of BT Sport.

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