Newcastle United vs Manchester United pre-match briefing – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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The Manchester United boss has backed ‘resilient’ Harry Maguire to bounce back after his recent sending off against Denmark in the UEFA Nations League, but admitted he is a doubt for trip to Newcastle. Maguire has had a rough start to the new season following his arrest in Greece during the off-season holidays. Maguire, who is the world’s most expensive defender has come under intense criticism from fans and pundits for his performances in a Man Utd shirt.

Solskjaer brushed aside reports that emerged during the international break about Bruno Fernandes being unhappy with him after the humiliating loss against Tottenham. Bruno denied any rift between the pair stating these stories were created to destabilise the group.

Acknowledging the fact the season has started very badly, Solskjaer has urged his players to respond in the right way by having a positive attitude to turn results around. The damaging loss to Spurs has left United in 16th position with 3 points from 3 games.

The new recruits Alex Telles and Cavani will miss tomorrow’s game as the former was heavily involved during the international break for Brazil, while the latter has not joined the group yet due to quarantine rules.

Paul Pogba’s comment during the international break about “dream” move to Real Madrid has further fuelled speculation around his future as his deal expires at the end of this season. Manchester United have the option of extending the current deal for another year and Solskjaer confirmed the same by saying, “Paul’s our player, he’s going to be here for another two years and I’m sure Paul is focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best of Paul. So, in the next next couple of years I’m sure we’ll get the best out of him.

Asked about last season’s loss in the same fixture, Solskjaer admitted he was disappointed to lose the game considering the chances they had to score against Newcastle. However, he expects Man Utd dominate the game this time around and get three points.

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