Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s feeling ‘positive’ about
Harry Maguire featuring again before the end of the season but will not rush
the defender back before he’s returned to full fitness.
Maguire, 28, was forced off with an ankle injury in United’s 3-1 win away to
Aston Villa and the club have suffered defeat in their last two matches at home
to Leicester and Liverpool in his absence.
There remains uncertainty over Maguire’s possible return but Solskjaer is ‘optimistic’
the England international – United’s captain since January 2020 – could play a part
in their Europa League final clash with Villarreal on May 26.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof will likely continue their run in the side at center-back
on Tuesday night when second-placed United play host to Fulham, whose relegation
was confirmed last weekend.
Asked for an update on Maguire at his pre-match press conference on Sunday,
Solskjaer told reporters: ‘Hopefully we can have good news early but I’ll give it a
while on Harry. ‘He’s shown his importance. I felt I became a very good player when
I was injured. People realize what you can do. Harry is our leader and he’s been a big
miss at the moment. ‘I’ll give him before he says yes or no.’
The United head coach added: ‘He’s making progress but we don’t want to test it out
too early. ‘Harry wants this so much but he doesn’t want to take risks either.
‘When I spoke to him this morning, he was quite positive. ‘We have to be positive and
think he’s going to make it until we have to say no. I’ve always been an optimist.’
Though Solskjaer will have several tough decisions to make with his team
selection in Gdansk, he feels he’s in a ‘good position’ given the vast majority of
his squad are fit and available.
‘When you get to a final and you have most of them fit, I’m in a good position,’ he said,’
‘We’ve had a long season, everyone has contributed and we need to pick the best team
to beat a good Villarreal side.’