Solskjaer backs Maguire to silence his critics
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has publicly backed club captain Harry Maguire, on the eve of the Watford game.
Solskjaer believes that, despite the recent criticism of Maguire and his side, the hunger and desire they continue to show stands them in good stead to bounce back, starting with this weekend's trip to Hertfordshire.
''As a team we have not performed at the standard we know we can do and the levels we need to be at,'' said the manager, as he addressed the media earlier today.
''Harry, as Gary [Neville] rightly said, is not one to hide on the treatment table, or try to find any excuse or sit out games. Harry is a top professional who wants to be there for the manager every single time.
''I think going away and scoring a couple of goals for his country will help his form and his confidence."
When asked if he had considered giving Maguire a break from the skipper duties, Ole insisted, ''No, I have not considered taking the captain's armband away from him.''
The 28-year-old, who helped his country ensure qualification to next year’s winter World Cup in Qatar, netted in both of the recent qualifiers against Albania and San Marino, as the Three Lions ran out 5-0 and 10-0 victors.
But as focus now swiftly again turns to his side's domestic campaign, Solskjaer believes the commitment and desire shown by Maguire in their time working together indicates he is the right man to lead United out onto the pitch.
''He’s been an absolute stalwart on and off the pitch for us since he came in and he’s been a true leader in all aspects.
''We’ve all been very happy with him and we will back him because he is such a top professional. He is going to prove those critics wrong.
''I know the so-called experts have their opinions, and that’s their job to put their opinions across, but that’s not something we have to worry too much about. As a true example of a Man United player, Harry is always there for his team and his country,'' concluded the boss.