Harry Maguire injury doubt for Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle after red card on England duty

Jack de Menezes
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Harry Maguire is struggling for form (Getty)
Harry Maguire is struggling for form (Getty)

Harry Maguire is a doubt for Manchester United’s Premier League trip to Newcastle on Saturday, with the defender suffering from a knock picked up shortly before being sent-off while on England duty.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed the 27-year-old to bounce back from his recent struggles, which included a red card on Wednesday in the 1-0 defeat by Denmark and a nightmare performance in the 6-1 loss to Tottenham a fortnight ago.

The issues come after Maguire was arrested in Greece during the summer, i what has become a well-documented saga as he appeals convictions for bribery, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

There have been growing calls for Maguire to be given a rest to clear his head, with former United captain Rio Ferdinand calling for Solskjaer to “take him out of the over”, and the Norwegian revealed on Friday that Maguire may miss this weekend’s Premier League resumption regardless of any decision to leave him out of the squad.

"When Harry is part of the England team that beats number-one ranked Belgium, that's just a normal day and then you get the headlines when you get the sending-off. That's just football for you,” Solskjaer said.

"There's so many ups and downs that we have got to deal with it, individually and as a group.

"Harry's got great resilience. I know he'll bounce back. I'll know that he wants to play, he wants to just work his way out of the last couple of games that he's been criticised (for).

"He picked up a knock against (Denmark) just before he came off, so I'm just hopeful he'll be fit. We've had a look at him yesterday and give him a test again today."