Harry Maguire STARTS for Manchester United at Newcastle with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeping faith in under-fire defender despite England red card and nightmare start to the season
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been handed a start against Newcastle despite his recent poor form and a brief injury concern.
The under-fire defender has endured a horror spell for both club and country – which culminated in his sending-off against Denmark on international duty for two rash challenges.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who leapt to the defence of Maguire with his fierce mid-week comments, has chosen to keep the faith in the 27-year-old and thrust him back into the firing line.
Harry Maguire will start for Manchester United against Newcastle despite his recent poor form
There were doubts whether Maguire would be fit enough to feature at St James’ Park at all after the beleaguered centre back picked up a knock before his sending off in England’s defeat at Wembley.
Maguire was unable to hide his dismay after being shown the red card, and the incident followed his arrest on holiday in August after a heated altercation outside a bar on the Greek island of Mykonos.
The former Leicester man, who joined United for a fee of £80million, has also been guilty of several horror mistakes that have helped pile on the misery during his club’s stuttering start to the campaign.
The United captain’s horror period culminated in his sending off against Denmark in mid-week
Sportsmail previously reported that Maguire has no intention of asking for a break away from the spotlight, however, which handed the decision over any potential lay-off to Solskjaer.
It is understood that Maguire remains fully committed to performing for United and has not considered taking himself away from the game for a brief period.
Maguire was said to have been level-headed after reporting back to club duty on Thursday and has admitted to having endured a period of torment on the field.
Solskjaer, who will also be feeling the pressure in the United hot seat, confirmed Sportsmail‘s story on Friday – and insisted that he has never considered dropping his captain.
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