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Solskjaer expects Maguire to miss Europa League final

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect to have Harry Maguire available fo...

Calum Atkinson
Calum Atkinson

18:12 21 May 2021



Solskjaer expects Maguire to m...
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Solskjaer expects Maguire to miss Europa League final

Calum Atkinson
Calum Atkinson

18:12 21 May 2021

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect to have Harry Maguire available for next week's Europa League final in Gdansk.

Maguire suffered an ankle injury against Aston Villa earlier this month and Solskjaer had previously been positive about Maguire’s chances of being fit for the final against Villareal.

However Solskjaer has now given his most pessimistic update yet on the fitness of his captain.

“He is walking but it is a long way from that to running,” Solskjaer said.

“We will give him every chance but I don’t think we will see him in Gdansk.

“I’m going to give him until Tuesday night and the last training session to see if he can be out there. Steadily he is improving but we are going to give him time to heal."

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Solskjaer also spoke of the important role as a leader that Maguire plays in the United team.

“He is a leader and before the fans came in, you all heard him from the stands, he’s organising from the stands," he said.

"He’ll come to Gdansk, he’ll be in the dressing room and he’ll make sure everyone is ready for the final.”

Speaking more generally on United's season, Solskjaer pointed to "steady improvement".

“We’re not where we aimed to be and we’ve got ambitions to move up one place," he explained.

“But there has been steady improvement. Third last season, second this season, some more points. We’ve done really well away from home. We know we had a difficult start to the season, losing three of the first six games and loads of them were home games, which put pressure on the team.

“The players have been very very good.”

Read more:

'Maguire has become a leader' | David Meyler

 

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