Man Utd captain Harry Maguire launches defence of Solskjaer and offers reason for bad form

Liverpool's record 5-0 win at Man Utd: Solskjaer at 'rock bottom'

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Harry Maguire is adamant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains the right man for the Manchester United job as the Norwegian fights to keep his position ahead of Saturday evening’s crunch clash with Tottenham in north London. The pressure has threatened to reach breaking point in recent weeks following the 4-2 defeat to Leicester immediately after the international break, a game that once again highlighted the team’s lack of cohesion on the field.

The Red Devils’ reaction raised cause for concern as they trailed Atalanta 2-0 in the Champions League at half-time before fighting back to win 3-2.

Maguire was among those on target for the hosts, who were then handed a sobering reality check against bitter rivals Liverpool, who ran riot at Old Trafford the following Sunday, cruising to a 5-0 win.

Now Solskjaer is on the brink following discussions among the board regarding his position earlier this week.

Failure to deliver at the very least a positive performance against Spurs will likely see him relieved of his duties.

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There is an expectation that Solskjaer will get three games – Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City – to save his job although there are no guarantees he will make it that far.

Yet in the view of captain Maguire, there is nobody better than Solskjaer to drive United forward.

When quizzed on whether he was still the right man for the job, Maguire told TV2: “Yes of course. Ole has played for this club for many years and he has been the manager for three years.

“He knows what to expect and I’m sure he can handle the ups and downs. He knows what’s going on in this club.”

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Maguire’s form has also come under question in recent weeks, particularly as captain.

He was rushed back to start ahead of Eric Bailly at Leicester after missing the international break and his performance was rightly scrutinised against his former side.

But the England international responded well after netting against Atalanta before being run ragged by Liverpool’s front three last weekend.

A lapse in concentration and lack of communication saw Maguire and compatriot Luke Shaw caught up in a mix up at the back for Liverpool’s second goal.

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Now Maguire has taken the chance to admit that he’s struggled to feel at his physical peak after rushing back from a serious ankle injury for the Euros at the end of last season.

“I’ve struggled to find the rhythm. I’m my biggest critic, so I know when I’m playing well, and when I’m not playing well, I’m always looking for ways to improve myself,” he said.

“I had been injury free for a long time, then I got a big injury in the ankle.

“I came back and played a tough Euros, and I have had some blows this season which has led to me struggling to find the rhythm.”

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