Ole: Maguire 'positive' about playing in final
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to give injured defender Harry Maguire as much time as possible to make the UEFA Europa League final.
But with 10 days remaining until the final against Villarreal on 26 May, the manager says the centre-back is optimistic about his chances of making it onto the pitch in Gdansk.
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“He's making progress,”said Solskjaer.
“When I spoke to him this morning he was quite positive but, naturally, the day after it happened we were all down. We saw early on or we decided that we have to focus, have to be positive, and think that you're gonna make it until you have to say 'no'. I've always been an optimist, so we're positive.
“But we've consciously taken the route of not testing him out too early, too quickly, because we don't want to aggravate something. He wants this so much, so he doesn't want to take any risks, either.”
“Hopefully we can have good news early, but I'll give Harry as long as it takes,”he explained,
“because of course he has shown his importance.
“But hopefully he'll speed up the recovery and be ready for the final, but I'll give him as long as he needs, until he says 'yes' or 'no'.”
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“We've known it [his importance] all along, of course. But maybe some people open their eyes when he's not playing! I certainly felt I became a very, very good player when I was injured. People suddenly realised what I could do as a sub, or as a player,“ explained Ole.
“Harry's been our leader, he's a captain. Ever since he's come in he's been more or less ever-present, so of course he's a big miss at the moment.”