Manchester United are set to finish the Premier League season in second. That is some brilliant progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the Red Devils. But they are yet to win a single piece of silverware under the Norwegian manager.
That could change soon though. They have the chance to lift a trophy coming up as they take on Villarreal in the final of the Europa League.
One of the biggest worries for the club heading into the game would be the status of Harry Maguire. The captain got injured in the game against Aston Villa and has not been in action since. And there are doubts regarding his fitness for the Europa League final.
Solskjaer has provided an update on the defender’s current situation and he does not sound very optimistic about Maguire’s chances of featuring in Gdansk. As reported by the club’s official website, the manager said:
"“To be honest, I don’t think we’ll see him in Gdansk, no, but as I’ve said so many times, I’m going to give him until Tuesday night, the last training session, to see if he can try to be out there. Steadily but surely, he’s improving but ligaments take time to heal.”"
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Maguire missing the final would be a huge blow for Manchester United
While Maguire has had his fair share of critics ever since moving to Old Trafford, he has been one of the most consistent performers for the club this season. And the defence certainly is better with him in the team. Thus, his fitness going into a game of this magnitude would certainly be a worry for the Red Devils.
Other than Maguire, the club have the likes of Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly in their ranks. And it is expected that two of the three will start in Gdansk if the club captain is not able to return to fitness in time for the final.
This game is very important for Solskjaer’s side. While they have made tremendous progress under the manager, this will end up being another trophyless season for the club if they fail to beat Villarreal in the Europa League final.