Man Utd: Solskjaer delivers devastating Maguire fitness update
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Manchester United star Harry Maguire has broken his silence on the heartache of missing the club’s Europa League final defeat to Villarreal. The Red Devils skipper had been hoping to feature in that game. But that didn’t happen, with injury cruelly robbing him of participation.
Manchester United star Maguire has been a regular ever since his arrival from Leicester back in the summer transfer window of 2019, where he moved in a huge £80million deal.
And, had all gone to plan, the England international would likely have been deployed alongside Victor Lindelof in Gdansk.
Unfortunately for both club and player, that didn’t happen. An injury picked up against Aston Villa meant he was unable to make it in time for the Villarreal game, with the club losing 2-1.
And now, speaking to The Sun, Maguire has opened up on the heartache of missing the match.
He said: “The fear that I had was missing everything.
“I knew it was quite a bad injury. When I got the results of the scan, I knew it would be unlikely I would made the Europa League final — but we also never ruled it out.
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“I would jump out of bed and put weight on my ankle, which I probably should not have done, and test it to see if the pain was still there.
“Every morning, I woke up wishing the pain would be gone.
“Unfortunately, it was not to be. I knew for me to start the Europa League final was very unlikely but I hoped to play some part.
“However it was out of reach and just not possible.
“Ahead of the final, I could still not run on the ankle.
“But it is now improving and getting better, so I am just looking forward to the Euros.”
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Maguire then added: “I generally try to play through injuries.
“I know it was not the impact of the challenge at Villa that caused it.
“It was more of a twist, so when I did that, I knew it would be some sort of ligament damage.
“And obviously it was really bad timing for myself.
“To play so many games on the spin and not get many injuries, but to then miss the Europa League final and the end of the season for Manchester United, was disappointing for the club and myself.
“I have not picked up many knocks. You have freak tackles, people falling on you, you twist things, but I have avoided muscle injuries.
“But I am looking forward to getting back as soon as possible.”
United’s defeat to Villarreal saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer widely condemned in the aftermath, with the Norwegian yet to win a trophy during his time in charge.
But the Norwegian put on a bold front and insisted the club were getting ‘closer and closer’ to where they want to be.
“It’s quiet, a disappointed dressing room. That’s football for you,” he said.
“Sometimes it’s decided on one kick – and that’s the difference between winning and losing.
“We have to learn from that one, not savour this feeling but taste this feeling and make sure we don’t get it again.
“We didn’t turn up. We didn’t play as well as we know we can. We started alright and they got the goal, their only shot on target. We were disappointed to concede a goal on a set play.
“We pushed, we pressed, we got a goal. After we scored we didn’t control the game or dominate as we wanted.
“They made it hard for us, they closed spaces. We had the majority of possession. They defended well. We didn’t create enough big chances.
“Now is not the time to point the finger at what I’d have done differently. But when you come out without the trophy you haven’t done everything right.
“We’re getting closer and closer and better. We were one kick away from a trophy and a good night.
“We have to have the desire to come back next year and improve. The only way to get the margins your side is to work harder and better.”
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