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Despite kicking out at Michy Batshuayi, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire escaped without a red card during Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday night.
Maguire admits he caught Batshuayi but said he had no intention of hurting the striker and had apologised to him.
He said: “I knew I caught him, I thought he was going to fall on me, the natural reaction was to try and hold him up, it wasn’t a kick out, there was no intent or anything like that, my reaction was to straighten my leg, if he was going to fall on me, just to hold him up.
“I did catch him, but it’s the right decision in the end. I didn’t have any intent to hurt him or kick him. I’ve got studs on the end of my boots so it makes it worse but I apologised to him.”
However, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane believes it’s a red.
“He’s a lucky, lucky boy,” said Keane.
“Maguire, maybe because it’s his personality, a calm lad, but he definitely kicks out.”