Harry Maguire injury: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides fresh update

Harry Maguire has missed Manchester United’s last two games with an ankle injury (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is feeling ‘positive’ about Harry Maguire featuring again before the end of the season but will not rush the defender back before he’s returned to full fitness.

Maguire, 28, was forced off with an ankle injury in United’s 3-1 win away to Aston Villa and the club have suffered defeat in their last two matches at home to Leicester and Liverpool in his absence.

There remains uncertainty over Maguire’s possible return but Solskjaer remains ‘optimistic’ he could play a part in their Europa League final clash with Villarreal on May 26.

Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof will likely continue their run in the side at centre-back at Old Trafford on Tuesday night when second-placed United play host to Fulham, whose relegation was confirmed last weekend.

Harry Maguire is tackled during Manchester United's clash with Aston Villa

The Red Devils hope to have the England defender back for the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)

Asked for an update on Maguire at his pre-match press conference on Sunday, Solskjaer told reporters: ‘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 before he says yes or no.’

Solskjaer’s men entertain Fulham at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening (Picture: Getty)

The United head coach added: ‘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.

‘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.’

Bailly and Lindelof started at centre-half in United’s defeat to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Though Solskjaer will have a number of tough decisions to make with his team selection in Gdansk, he feels he’s in a ‘good position’ given the vast majority of his squad are fit and available.

‘When you get to a final and you have most of them fit, I’m in a good position,’ he said,’ he said.

‘We’ve had a long season, everyone has contributed and we need to pick the best team to beat a good Villarreal side.’

The Norwegian went on: ‘To be able to lead a team out in a final is going to be a proud moment for me.

‘We’ve worked together for two and a half years and had some near misses.

‘To get to a final is one thing, but you want to win it. You don’t get a prize for attending. I can’t wait to see the players walk out onto that pitch.’

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