Manchester United take Harry Maguire decision amid threat of suspension


Manchester United will not rest Harry Maguire for his Premier League game at Burnley under threat of national suspension.
Maguire, 27, is a reservation away from his fifth in the league this quarter and if he recovers a yellow card at Turf Moor, he would be banned from traveling to Liverpool on Sunday.

The United captain has started every league game since joining the club for £ 80million in the summer of 2019 and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no plans to protect Maguire at Burnley.

“Harry is definitely playing, for sure,” Solskjaer pointed out. “If he doesn’t wake up sick, you can’t take just three points and not watch the games beyond that. ”

Edinson Cavani is pushing for a recall after missing the last three games by suspension and the Uruguayan, who turns 34 next month, has not struggled with Premier League intensity after spending seven years in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain.

Cavani has only started twice in the league but has scored one more goal than usual number nine Anthony Martial and the former PSG striker took advantage of his absence to rest for the last fortnight.

“You can see that he is a player who has looked after his whole career,” Solskjaer explained. “The little things like what he wants for lunch, what he wants for his pre-game meal, what he does before games, what he does at the gym, how good he is. focused, how we train. He doesn’t skip this.

“He knows he’s there to improve and prepare for the game, so those little things that you can see in players who have had careers and these habits that I really like, and maybe that was being the pre-game meal or lunch before a night game, he wanted his meal in a specific way. He is a player who discovered what worked for him throughout his career. ”

United will go to the top of the Premier League if they collect just one point at Burnley before facing current leaders Liverpool at Anfield this weekend. United haven’t been at the top in January since 2013 – the year they last won the title – and despite their title qualifiers being played down, Solskjaer is also not set to brake. expectations.

Manchester United came back to victory with a quiet 1-0 victory over Watford in the FA Cup.

Scott McTominay’s early header was enough for victory at Old Trafford, as United reserved their hat spot for the fourth round.

United will now be refocusing on their league campaign with crucial fixtures coming this week against Burnley and Liverpool.

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“You are not adjusting your expectations because I expect a lot from these players,” added Solskjaer. “I expect them to come into every game with a mental desire to work hard for your team to win it and the results will come. As long as I can see this progress in that mentality and we are ready for every game.

“If we approach every game with the right mindset and you don’t get results… I’m not saying it’s okay for them not to have excuses, because you can’t control the results, and I think the group mentality is getting better.

“So, of course, that’s the big deal for me: that we approach games with the right frame of mind. Sometimes the results don’t go as planned, but I’m very happy with our mental situation right now. ”


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