Thursday, September 23

Ole Delighted to Deny City | Maguire Injury Concern

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says denying Manchester City their title party on Sunday was the best part about Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa.

United came from behind once again to win all three points at Villa Park thanks to second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes (pen), Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani, meaning City still need three points to secure the Premier League title.

If United lose to either Leicester (Tuesday) or Liverpool (Thursday), or drop points in both games, City will be crowned champions, and even if United go on winning, City can still win the title by taking matters into their own hands by beating Newcastle on Friday night.

But Solskjaer was glad not to arrive in Manchester on Sunday evening to a party on the blue side of the city.

“That’s a good thing, that’s the best thing with today. At least I don’t drive into a blue army tonight, we’ll try to deal with it as long as we can.”

Maguire injury: Maybe days, maybe weeks

Harry Maguire is injured in a collision with Anwar El Ghazi
Harry Maguire was injured in a collision with Anwar El Ghazi

One concern for United will be the injury to Harry Maguire in the second half, colliding with Anwar El Ghazi and brought off, meaning he didn’t complete 90 minutes for the first time in the Premier League since joining United (72 games).

Asked if he will be fit for the Europa League final with Villarreal on May 26, Solskjaer said: “Hopefully it will be OK with Harry. I don’t know. We need to check it. It might be a few weeks or a month, we don’t know. It was his calf or lower leg. I think the player landed on him and he twisted something.

“His fitness is very good – he’s robust. But, today, it looked like the boy landed on him and he twisted his ankle. I don’t know how serious it is. He might be available on Tuesday, he might not.”

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