Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Harry Maguire to ‘focus on his football’ despite the ongoing legal proceedings regarding the Manchester United captain’s Greek conviction.
The England international found himself in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons this summer following an aleged incident on the Greek island of Mykonos, the defender handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days after being found guilty of a string of charges including aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts at bribery.
Maguire has maintained his innocence throughout the trial and subsequent conviction with his legal team having lodged an appeal against the verdict, a process that will be ongoing as the club prepare to take on Crystal Palace in their season opener tomorrow.
Despite that distraction, the Manchester United manager has backed his captain to ‘focus on his football’ as the club prepare to begin their Premier League campaign, insisting the 27-year-old has ‘trained well’ and has been ‘focused’ ahead of returning to the field.
“The process will keep on going,” Solskjaer said on Maguire’s legal appeal.
“Knowing Harry, he’s a very strong character so hopefully he can put that apart but naturally, as a human being, it will be in the back of your mind what’s happened this summer, and 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.”