Sport Solskjaer hopeful Maguire will be fit to play in Europa League final
GMS writers deliver their verdicts on Harry Maguire's ideal centre-back partner
Who is capable of stepping up as Maguire's defensive companion?Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and the list continues. It's safe to say that Maguire has had no shortage of defensive partners since joining the club.
is optimistic will be fit to lead into the Europa League final against Villarreal.
Maguire damaged the ligaments in his left ankle ateight days ago and is racing to be back in time for the final in Gdansk on May 26.
'He's making progress but we've consciously taken the route of not testing him out too quickly because we don't want to aggravate something,' said Solskjaer.
'Harry wants this so much, so he doesn't want to take any risks either. We decided early on to focus and 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.
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'Harry is our leader and our captain. He's been more or less ever-present. He is a big miss at the moment. I will give him as long as he needs, until he says yes or no.'
Solskjaer faces some difficult selection decisions and none more so than in goal, where he must choose between Dean Henderson and David de Gea.
Both goalkeepers have played in the Europa League this season. 'Both have done really well so it will be a difficult call, of course,' said Solskjaer.
'It's probably a different scenario with the keepers than it's normally been because they've shared close to 60 games and both are around the 30 mark.
'It is always difficult - the human side. You want everyone to get the experience but then you have to pick your 11.'
Maguire explains snubbing City for Man Utd in record-breaking £80m transfer .
The England international became the most expensive defender on the planet in 2019, with the decision taken to leave Leicester for Old TraffordPep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were both keen on the England international when an exit door swung open at Leicester City.