Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Harry Maguire feels ‘positive’ about whether he will be fit for the Europa League final after talking to the centre half on Sunday morning.
And Solskjaer admitted ahead of the Fulham match on Tuesday that following a conversation with Maguire, the 28-year-old was optimistic he would be back in time for the match against Villarreal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated Harry Maguire is ‘positive’ about being fit for their European final
Defender and captain Maguire picked up an ankle ligament injury vs Aston Villa last Sunday
He said: ‘Hopefully we can have good news early but I’ll give it a while on Harry.
‘He’s shown his importance. I felt I became a very good player when I was injured. People realise what you can do.
‘Harry is our leader and he’s been a big miss at the moment. I’ll give him as long as he needs before he says yes or no.
‘He’s making progress but we don’t want to test it out too early. Harry wants this so much but he doesn’t want to take risks either.
United will contest the Europa League final against Villarreal on May 29 in Gdansk, Poland
And Red Devils boss Solskjaer revealed Maguire’s optimism after speaking to him on Sunday
‘When I spoke to him this morning, he was quite positive. We have to be positive and think he’s going to make it, until we have to say no. I’ve always been an optimist.’
The £80million defender is often criticised but the Red Devils have struggled in his absence, conceding six goals in the two matches since his injury.
His interception, aerial duel and passing statistics are among the league’s best, and the former Leicester defender is an influential figure and leader even while off the pitch.
Up next Solskjaer’s side face relegated Fulham then travel to Wolves on Sunday, three days before the final in Gdansk, Poland.