Solskjaer hopes injured Maguire will be fit for Europa League final

Solskjaer confirms Harry Maguire has sustained ankle ligament damage as Manchester United skipper dons protective boot while watching clash against Leicester from the stands… but boss is hopeful he will be fit for Europa League final

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to have Harry Maguire for the Europa League final
  • The Manchester United captain picked up an ankle injury in the win over Villa
  • Maguire was seen wearing a protective boot at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening
  • The defender watched United take on Leicester in their Premier League clash 

Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire races race against the clock to be fit for club’s Europa League final after picking up an ankle injury against Aston Villa on Sunday.

However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to have Maguire back for the Gdansk showpiece despite cameras showing the defender on crutches while wearing a protective boot after sustaining ankle ligament damage.

The 28-year-old was on the cusp of becoming the first outfield player in the club’s history to complete 72 consecutive Premier League matches until being forced off towards the end of Sunday’s 3-1 win at Villa Park.

Harry Maguire faces race to get fit for Manchester United’s Europa League final this month

Maguire was seen on crutches while wearing a protective boot after picking up an ankle injury

Maguire watches United take on Leicester from the stands while wearing his protective boot

Maguire missed his first top-flight match since joining United in 2019 on Tuesday when former club Leicester came to Old Trafford and was seen in the stands wearing the medical boot.

Solskjaer confirmed in his pre-match interview with MUTV that the centre back had avoided a fracture but faces a battle to get back for the Europa League final against Villarreal on May 26.

‘Obviously we’ve had scans and the good news is there’s no fracture,’ the United boss said.

Maguire picked up the ankle injury during United’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday

The Manchester United centre half was injured in a challenge with Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi

‘(There is) ligament damage and hopefully we’ll see him again this season. Hopefully ready for the final.’

Maguire, who has been ever-present in the Premier League since joining United for £80million from Leicester in the summer of 2019, tweeted at the weekend: ‘Hoping the injury isn’t nothing serious and I’ll be back playing soon.’ 

Gareth Southgate will be sweating on Maguire’s fitness, with the England boss naming his Euro 2020 squad on May 25.

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