Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be left to decide whether to drop Harry Maguire after his turbulent start to the season, because the defender won’t ask for any time away to clear his head. That’s according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Maguire’s poor season took another turn for the worse this week as he was sent off after just half an hour for England against Denmark.
The centre-back was shown red for two yellow cards after lunging in twice in the opening 30 minutes in the 1-0 Nations League defeat.
That red card came just over a week after Maguire was criticised for his performance in United’s 6-1 defeat against Tottenham at Old Trafford.
His recent form has led to many feeling he needs to be left out of the side in United’s game against Newcastle tomorrow, with Rio Ferdinand calling for him to be dropped in order to get his head straight.
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Maguire only had a two-week break between the end of last season and the start of the current campaign, and his break was disrupted after he was arrested on holiday in Mykonos.
He was dropped by England boss Gareth Southgate for last month’s international fixtures as a result.
Maguire played 55 games in all competitions last season, and there have been suggestions that the defender is exhausted physically and mentally.
But the defender is refusing to ask for some time away from the pitch, as the Daily Mail claims he returned from England duty with a desire to prove himself.
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As a result, Solskjaer will have to make the decision over whether Maguire remains in the starting XI this weekend.
The Norwegian boss wanted to sign a new centre-back this summer but was unable to do so, and has limited options at the back.
For that reason, Maguire will likely keep his place in the team, with United having very few alternatives.
Speaking this week, Southgate insisted the defender is too valuable to be dropped by either club or country.
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He said: “My view would be that you’ve got to play your way through these moments.
“Harry is too important a player for them and us to think about resting him but that would be for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff to make those decisions.”
Southgate added: “He’s a great player and massive part of what we do. He’s got a lot sticks thrown his way, he’s got our full support.
“He just needs the reassurance that we have total belief in him. He’s had to deal with all sorts, and from some people who should know better.”
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