Man United boss reveals 28-year-old star is likely to start against Atalanta despite Leicester debacle

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Harry Maguire is likely to start for Manchester United against Atalanta 

Speaking to MUTV (h/t The Metro), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Harry Maguire is likely to start for Manchester United against Atalanta.

The 28-year-old has been a rock at the back for the Red Devils this season but suffered a calf injury against Aston Villa towards the end of last month. Unfortunately for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Raphael Varane also picked up an injury during the international break and is said to be out for a few weeks.

Maguire did, however, make his return against Leicester City on Saturday but suffered a horrid time as he was at fault for three of the Foxes’ four goals. It certainly looked like the club captain was off-the-pace and was a little slow in his decision making.

Harry Maguire suffered a calf injury against Aston Villa last month but made his return against Leicester City on Saturday.
Harry Maguire suffered a calf injury against Aston Villa last month but made his return against Leicester City on Saturday. Copyright: xMartinxRickettx 62659024

Despite all of this, Solskjaer has now confirmed that the defender is ‘good to go’ for the UEFA Champions League clash against Atalanta. The Norwegian told MUTV (h/t The Metro):

‘Harry’s not had any reaction, so he’s fine and good to go. We didn’t lose anyone else from the game through injury at the weekend, so we’re, more or less, a full squad.’

Without Varane, the possible options for a centre-back pairing with Maguire would be Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, or Phil Jones. Lindelof was fielded alongside the English international against Leicester, but it remains to be seen whether the same pairing plays on Wednesday as well.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Manchester United star Harry Maguire is 'good to go' for the game against Atalanta.. (GETTY Images)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Manchester United star Harry Maguire is ‘good to go’ for the game against Atalanta. (GETTY Images)

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One positive for the game will certainly be the return of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has had his two-game ban halved by UEFA and will now be able to face the Serie A club.

The Old Trafford outfit are currently 3rd in their UCL group, and a victory will do a world of good to their aspirations of reaching the knockout stages of the competition.