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Manchester United's under-fire skipper Harry Maguire will NOT ask boss Solskjaer for a break


Don’t drop me, Ole! Manchester United’s under-fire skipper Harry Maguire will NOT ask boss Solskjaer for a break despite calls for him to be taken out of the firing line after a traumatic three months

  • Harry Maguire isn’t seeking a break from the game despite his downturn in form
  • There are fears he could be suffering psychologically after his turbulent summer 
  • Maguire has performed poorly for Man United and saw red for England midweek
  • Ex-United man Rio Ferdinand believes defender could benefit from time away 

Harry Maguire has no intention of asking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a break, leaving any decision over a possible lay-off firmly with the Manchester United boss.

The world’s most expensive defender has suffered a traumatic three months – culminating in his first half red card in England’s defeat to Denmark on Wednesday night.

Maguire’s performances have been heavily criticised since the start of the season prompting fears he is psychologically drained after being found guilty on three separate charges following an alleged violent altercation whilst on holiday in Mykonos in August.

Harry Maguire's nightmare season got worse this week as he was sent off for England

Harry Maguire’s nightmare season got worse this week as he was sent off for England

The United skipper publicly and privately maintains his innocence and has successfully applied for a re-trial which is expected to be heard next year.

United legend Rio Ferdinand suggested on Thursday that the £80million man would benefit from being taken out of the firing line.

But Sportsmail understands Maguire is fully committed to the United cause and is not considering a break from the game.

Sportsmail understands the under-fire Maguire will not ask Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a break

Sportsmail understands the under-fire Maguire will not ask Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a break

That means Solskjaer, who has supported Maguire during these difficult times, will make the decision on whether the centre-back should be granted a mid-season break.

With important Premier League and Champions League matches on the horizon it remains to be seen whether the United boss would consider such an option.

Even after his Wembley nightmare, Maguire was said to be level-headed as he returned to club duty on Thursday acknowledging he is suffering from a downturn in form.

Like all players, Maguire had a short summer break of around two weeks.

Maguire has performed poorly for Man United and there are fears he is psychologically drained

Maguire has performed poorly for Man United and there are fears he is psychologically drained

His time-off was disrupted by the incident in Greece and the subsequent court proceedings, causing him to miss part of his summer training schedule – though there is no suggestion he is lacking match-fitness.

Ferdinand said: ‘I think it’s obvious to see he’s going through a bit of a bad spell at the moment.

‘In these situations you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven.

‘Ole has a big job on his hands and I think quite an important role to play in this. Whether maybe it’s time to give him a little rest, let him gather himself.

England star's rut comes after a turbulent summer where he was found guilty on three separate charges following an alleged violent altercation whilst on holiday in Mykonos

England star’s rut comes after a turbulent summer where he was found guilty on three separate charges following an alleged violent altercation whilst on holiday in Mykonos

‘I know a lot of players will see that as an absolute stain on their resume but it’s sometimes something that’s needed. I definitely benefited from it and it’s maybe something Ole and his management team may look at.

‘If you can control the narrative and you’re very clear on what you’re going to do then I think it makes it very easy.

‘I don’t think with the pandemic around at the moment he’s going to be able to go to the beach any time soon because he needs to be safe.

‘But I don’t think it matters where you are, it’s about being taken out of the firing line and having time and a chance to sit down and reflect.’

Ex-United man and now pundit Rio Ferdinand (L) believes he should be taken out the firing line

Ex-United man and now pundit Rio Ferdinand (L) believes he should be taken out the firing line

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