Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘has NOT considered taking the captain’s armband from Harry Maguire’ while backing the defender against criticism from ‘so-called experts’ about the England goal celebration
- Harry Maguire had been criticized for his recent performances for Man United
- He was also criticized by Roy Keane for his ‘shameful’ celebration in England.
- The defender’s appointment as United captain has reportedly been questioned
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he has never considered taking the captaincy from him
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Harry Maguire to prove his critics wrong and insisted he has no plans to take away the captaincy from the defender.
Maguire was criticized by former United captain Roy Keane during the international break to celebrate his goal during England’s 5-0 win over Albania last week.
The central off-form headed home after nine minutes and ran away after his celebration covering his ears, perhaps in response to his criticism following his poor performance for United this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) Backed Manchester United captain Harry Maguire (right) Despite poor form
Maguire insisted after the game that he was not trying to silence his critics, but Keane was quick to criticize the England international.
The expert called the celebration “shameful” and insisted that the goal did not redeem the defender from being a “disgrace” for United.
Some fans have called for Maguire’s captaincy to be removed at Old Trafford and reports emerged last month that an unidentified teammate disputed Solskjaer’s call to hand over the bracelet.
But the United manager responded to critics, insisting that despite Maguire’s poor form, he will keep the captain’s armband.
Former United captain Roy Keane called Maguire’s goal celebrations for England ‘shameful’
‘No, I have not considered taking the captain’s armband off him,’ said Solskjaer, via the club website.
“He has been a stalwart on and off the court for us since he came in and has been a true leader in every aspect.
“ We are all very happy with him and we will support him because he is a top professional. He’s going to prove those critics wrong. ‘
“I know that so-called experts have their opinions, and it is their job to express their opinions, but that is not something we have to worry too much about,” Solskjaer added.
The United manager insisted that the center-back “would prove those critics wrong.”
“As a true example of a Manchester United player, Harry is always there for his team and his country.”
United suffered humiliating league defeats before the international break. The Red Devils were attacked 5-0 by Liverpool in their own backyard before stumbling into derby day’s loss to Manchester City.
But the manager hopes his team can bounce back against 17th-ranked Watford on Saturday as their work hangs in the balance.