Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Harry Maguire will remain the club’s captain this 2020/21 season in spite of his involvement in a court case in greece.
Maguire was found guilty of assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and bribery during an incident in Mykonos which resulted to a 21-month sentence for him.
The 27-year-old has so far denied the offences and has made an appeal which nullifies the verdict and means he has no criminal record ahead of a full retrial.
Maguire did not feature for England in their recent Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark after he was withdrawn following the original court verdict.
England manager Gareth Southgate, however, has said he would consider selecting the United captain for the next internationals.
United boss Solskjaer is in full support of his captain and he has made it clear he will not punish him by stripping him of the captaincy.
“He’s handled it really well and, of course, I’ll be here to support him,” Solskjaer told United’s website on Saturday.
“He is going to be our captain. We’ll just leave Harry and his people and the process to run.”
Maguire who left Leicester for Man utd last summer for £80 million ($102 million), a world record fee for a defender, was a key figure for his side last season.
Solskjaer praised Maguire for coping well with the incident in Greece, which was happened when the player and his family and friends were insulted and attacked at a nightclub.
“Of course, Harry, as you said, had a difficult summer. He didn’t have a long break,” Solskjaer said.
“His break was different to others as we gave him a few more days and, after, he’s come back and looked fine.
“For me, he is a top, an absolute top human being and has always been a positive guy with the right values. So I really hope we can see Harry performing at his best.”
United will begin their Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on September 19 after they were given an extra week of rest following their participation in the Europa League in August.
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