Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Is Set To Keep Faith With Harry Maguire Despite His Difficult Start To The Season

Maguire has endured a nightmare start to the campaign, including picking up a red card in England’s 1-0 defeat to Denmark on Wednesday, following his arrest while on holiday in Greece this summer.

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Sources said that Solskjaer has had concerns about the impact the ongoing legal proceedings in Greece have had on Maguire but the United boss is keen to keep picking his captain, including for the trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

United have shipped 11 goals in three Premier League games and Solskjaer’s main issue is settling on a partner for Maguire rather than coming up with a new combination at the back, though Sevilla’s Jules Kounde has been added to their list of targets

Victor Lindelof was first choice last season but was dropped for the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham. Eric Bailly started against Spurs but there are concerns over his injury record, and that of Axel Tuanzebe. Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are lower down the pecking order after both were left out of the Champions League squad.

Solskjaer checked on Maguire when he returned to Carrington on Thursday. Sources said he will trust Maguire to decide whether he is ready to play against Newcastle but fully expects to pick the 27-year-old at St James’ Park.

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