Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Harry Maguire to show resilience and ‘bounce back’ following recent criticism of the Manchester United defender.
Maguire has come under fire in the opening weeks of the new season following a series of poor performances for both club and country, the centre-back enduring a nightmare display during Manchester United‘s humbling 6-1 defeat to Tottenham before the international break.
The 27-year-old was then sent off in the first half of England’s disappointing defeat to Denmark in midweek, receiving two yellow cards in the first 31 minutes following clumsy challenges on Yussuf Poulsen and Kasper Dolberg.
Maguire seems to be struggling for confidence and has failed to showcase his finest form since his summer arrest in Greece, the increased attention and scrutiny on the player seemingly having a negative impact on his performances.
Solskjaer, however, has launched a staunch defence of the club captain and has praised Maguire’s character, backing the defender to ‘bounce back’ from the recent criticism and return to his best – although he may miss this weekend’s game against Newcastle due to a ‘knock’.
“When Harry beats the number-one ranked team in the world in Belgium it’s a normal day. Then you get the headlines when you get a sending off, that’s football. You have to deal with it.
“Harry has got great resilience. He knows he will bounce back. He wants to play and work his way out of the last couple of games he’s been criticised for.
“But he picked up a knock just before he came off the other night so we’ll have a look at him today.”