Solskjaer baffled by Maguire reports as he reveals true extent of injury

Date published: Friday 10th January 2020 10:27 - Jonny Whitfield

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that defender Harry Maguire has a chance of being fit for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Norwich.

Maguire suffered an injury in last weekend’s FA Cup draw against Wolves at Molineux and the England international was not involved in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City.

Initial reports had suggested that scans revealed Maguire had torn his hip muscle and would be out for a prolonged period but speaking in a press conference on Friday, Solskjaer was puzzled as to the nature of such claims.

He said: “He’s got a chance for tomorrow. It was a minor thing. I don’t know where the reports are coming from, they might’ve mistaken it for Harry Kane.

“We’ll see how he comes through training. It’s not a surprise. He is a warrior and wants to play. That’s what he did at Wolves. At half-time he was feeling discomfort, he was close to playing against City but just not fit enough.

“But he’s got a chance now.”

Solskjaer was also asked about how his side intend to react following the damaging defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side in midweek.

United were 3-0 down at half-time after a calamitous first half, with Marcus Rashford’s second-half strike one of only few positives from the game for the Red Devils.

Solskjaer said: “You’re disappointed when you lose a game against local rivals but which way is there to go – do you feel sorry for yourself or knuckle down and get ready for the next one?

“If you have players here, one of the worst traits a footballer can have is feeling sorry for yourself, you’re not in the right place.

“The boys have been focused, it has been a disappointing feeling, it was the game we didn’t want and I’m sure we’ll get a reaction tomorrow.”

 

 

In other United news, two players reportedly top Solskjaer’s wish list for the January transfer window.

The club have been linked with several moves over the past few weeks, especially in midfield and attack due to injuries and a need for support within the ranks.

According to The Times, Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek and Lyon forward Moussa Dembele are two targets for Solskjaer this month.

Elsewhere, Juventus midfielder Emre Can is said to have decided against a move to Old Trafford.

 

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