Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to critics over his handling of Harry Maguire
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Harry Maguire is desparate to "bounce back" despite calls for the Manchester United captain to be dropped.
Maguire has endured a torrid fortnight in which the Red Devils were beaten 6-1 by Tottenham before he was sent off after just 31 minutes in England's defeat to Denmark.
The 27-year-old's recent poor form follows an incident in Greece over the summer, while United have won just one of their opening three Premier League games.
But Solskjaer maintains Maguire will play his way out of the rut rather than "hide" with a break from action with the first team.
The United boss said: “Yeah, we even gave Harry a rest in one of the games in the Carabao Cup [versus Brighton ], which we normally don’t do, because we wanted him to do some training. But he’s adamant that he’s ready to play.
“I know he’s a lad that doesn’t want to hide. He doesn’t want to hide behind a red card or a bad performance. He wants to go out there and prove himself.
“I don’t doubt his resilience in that respect and he’s very professional, so he wants to put himself ready for selection and then it’s up to me to choose him or not, if I want to take him out of the firing line.
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“I haven’t considered that without him coming to knock on my door, to be honest. I speak to him regularly and he’s been very positive in his communication.”
Maguire is an injury doubt to start Saturday night's trip to Newcastle but Solskjaer explained some players – including himself during his playing days – need to be given minutes to regain their form.
Solskjaer added: “Well, we're all different individuals and we all deal with different things differently. I’m not sure how you deal with criticism. I’m always the one that [thinks] ‘okay, I want to bounce back, I want to prove myself.’
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“What you do with individuals is you speak to them and you sit down, look them in the eye and see where do we go from here.
“Harry's a leader, he’s the captain for us and it’s still early on in this season. He missed the first internationals, he’s not had the pre-season he had last season, so I'm sure he'll bounce back.
“He’s got great resilience, great personality. For me, tomorrow, I just hope he can play because he picked up that knock just before he got the red card so I’m not sure if he’s going to be available yet.”
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