OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has no doubt out-of-sorts Harry Maguire will ‘bounce back’ from his England nightmare.
After a well-documented Greek court case and truncated pre-season, the most expensive defender in history has endured a torrid start to the 2020-21 campaign.
Maguire was under sharp focus after his miserable performance in United’s 6-1 home embarrassment to Tottenham, with the scrutiny ratcheting up on Wednesday after he was sent off for England in just the 31st minute.
Just three days after putting in a solid display in the comeback win against Belgium, the 27-year-old received his marching orders for two rash challenges in the first half of a match that ended in a 1-0 defeat to Denmark.
England boss Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane threw their support behind Maguire after the shock Nations League loss, with Solskjaer following suit ahead of Saturday evening’s Premier League match at Newcastle.
‘When Harry is part of the England team that beats number-one ranked Belgium, that’s just a normal day and then you get the headlines when you get the sending-off,’ the United boss said. ‘That’s just football for you.
‘There’s so many ups and downs that we have got to deal with it, individually and as a group.
‘Harry’s got great resilience. I know he’ll bounce back. I’ll know that he wants to play, he wants to just work his way out of the last couple of games that he’s been criticised (for).
‘He picked up a knock against (Denmark) just before he came off, so I’m just hopeful he’ll be fit. We’ve had a look at him yesterday and give him a test again today.’
Maguire’s absence might be a blessing in disguise in the opinion of United great Rio Ferdinand, who says the defender could benefit from being ‘taken out of the oven’ and given a rest to regain his form.
But Solskjaer says the 27-year-old is determined to make amends on the pitch as United look to get back to winning ways when they step out at St James’ Park.