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Harry Maguire could still be fit for Manchester United’s Europa League final

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Better than Victor Lindelof.

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“Ow, my ankle ligament really hurts.”
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that club captain Harry Maguire should be fit for the Europa League final.

United will play Villarreal in Gdansk in the last game of their season in May 26, but may have to do so without Maguire after he suffered an ankle ligament injury as they won 3-1 against Aston Villa a week ago.

However Solskjaer did not appear desperately worried about Maguire as yet, but admitted that is in part because they are not rushing to find out how far along he is in his recovery.

“He’s making progress, but we’ve consciously taken the route of not testing him out too early, too quickly, because we don’t want to aggravate something,” said Solskjaer.

“Harry is very – how do you say? - he wants this so much, so he doesn’t want to take any risks either.

“When I spoke to him this morning, he was quite positive. But naturally, the day after it happened, we were all down.

“But we saw early on or decided we have to focus, have to be positive and think that you’re going to make it until you have to say ‘no’. I’ve always been an optimist, so we’re positive.

“Hopefully we’ll get good news early but I’ll give it as long as it takes. I became a very good player when I was injured.

“People realised then just what I could do. Harry is our leader and our captain. He’s a big miss.

“Hopefully he’ll be ready for the final. I’ll give him as long as he needs, until he says yes or no.”

Solskjaer would also not be drawn on whether Dean Henderson or David de Gea would start after the pair had started to regularly share goalkeeping obligations over the second half of the season. De Gea is believed to be close to a summer exit.

“I think there’s loads of difficult calls to make, because the whole squad has contributed so much,” said Solskjaer.

“It’s probably a different scenario with the keepers than it’s normally been, because they’ve shared, I don’t know how many games, close to 60.

“Both of them are in and around the 30 mark and both have done really well, so it will be a difficult call, of course. But I’ll have to make two or three other difficult calls as well.

“That’s the nature of this job, that you have to make some tough decisions and you have to stand by them.

“We’ve still got a couple of games left in the league to finalise what the 11 in the final will be.

“All my players, they know they’ve been important for us this season.

“We couldn’t get to a final, second place in the league, without everyone’s contribution every day because that’s the culture we are in.

“They’ve been competitive, but they’ve been very supportive as well.”