Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he will monitor Harry Maguire to make sure he can stay as Manchester United captain with fears Mykonos nightmare may be a distraction for the England defender
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Harry Maguire can put his Mykonos trouble aside
- Maguire, 27, was handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days
- He was found guilty of assaulting police, verbal abuse and attempted bribery
- Maguire will stay as United captain but Solskjaer will monitor his performances
Manchester United will monitor Harry Maguire to make sure he is able to remain as captain following his arrest ordeal in Mykonos.
Maguire has launched an appeal after he was found guilty of assaulting police, verbal abuse and attempted bribery following an incident on holiday on the Greek island, but it could take more than a year to come to court.
Solskjaer has stood by his skipper – who admitted he feared for his life during his arrest by plain-clothed police – and let him keep the armband, but admits the issue is bound to be on Maguire’s mind.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Harry Maguire to focus on football after his Mykonos trouble
Maguire was given a 21-month suspended sentence on the Greek island of Syros last month
‘Knowing Harry, he’s a very strong character so hopefully he can put that apart,’ said the United manager.
‘But naturally as a human being, it will be in back of mind what’s happened this summer.
‘Apart from that, you have just got to see how it develops with Harry. Personally I think he will be able to focus on his football but then who am I to … you can’t predict how people will react, but so far he’s trained well.
‘He’s been focused so hopefully that process will just go on and, of course, we know it’s something that will go on in the legal department over there.’
Maguire, 27, was handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days following an altercation outside a nightclub on the island of Mykonos last month.
Maguire admitted he was ‘scared for his life’ when arrested by police officers in Mykonos
Solskjaer was speaking ahead of Manchester United’s opening game of the 2020-21 season
The centre-back played every minute of United’s Premier League campaign last season as well as making 17 appearances in other competitions.
United begin their Premier League season with Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace to Old Trafford after being given an extension to pre-season following their run to the Europa League semi-finals next month.
Solskjaer publicly backed his captain earlier this month, saying the former Leicester City defend had ‘handled it really well’.
He told United’s official website: ‘Of course Harry had a difficult summer.
‘He didn’t have a long break. His break was different to others as we gave him a few more days and, after, he’s come back and looked fine.
‘He’s handled it really well and, of course, I’ll be here to support him.
‘He is going to be our captain. We’ll just leave Harry and his people and the process to run.’
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