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Solskjaer defended his decion to play Maguaire against Leicester

Sat 16 October 2021 | 18:50

The Manchester United captain had just been released from an injury.

Despite Harry Maguire's poor performance against Leicester City tonight, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his decision to play him.

The Red Devils

went to Leicester City tonight at King Power Stadium and lost 4-2 to their opponent. Harry Maguire, who recently recovered from injury, was one of Manchester United's weakest players in the game and made several mistakes against his former team. However, Solskjaer defended his decision to play the English defender.

He said:

"It was my decision to play Harry, he's worked really hard on rehab with physios and he looked ready didn't feel any after-effects.

"He's a massive player for us, the captain, the leader, we wanted bring him back as soon as we can because he's been so influential in our play.

"He got better and better throughout the game, on the ball, the game was ebbing and flowing. When you concede two goals from set-plays, 10 seconds after you've scored, the focus and concentration, we all need to do better, have to do better.

"Every game in the Premier League and Champions League, they're big games, all of them. Leicester is just as big a game as Atalanta. We've got to dust ourselves off and make sure we come in again and look [ourselves] in the mirror, that's the nature of football, you've got to respond to setbacks.

"We've had a long period over the international break, it was a long time, I'm rambling on. We prepped well for this game."

Cristiano Ronaldo was another player who could not perform well in today's game, but Solskjaer also defended him. He added:

"He is a top player and he scores goals.

"Today we haven't created enough for him or the others. He has come in and been very positive."

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