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Europa League: Manchester United’s captain Harry Maguire participation doubtful

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is a big doubt for the Europa League final against Villarreal on Wednesday, after attending his team’s training in Gdansk on Tuesday. Maguire was included in England’s 33-man squad for Euro 2020 on Tuesday, despite suffering an injury to the ankle ligament against Aston Villa earlier this month.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Harry Maguire would “play up and down” in training to test the injury, but was pictured watching from the stand as the Red Devils made the final preparations in Poland.

Maguire’s presence will be a big wish, as United aims to end a four-year drought without silverware. “This is a big night for us. This could be the cornerstone for some better, brighter future, as this team is a young team,” said Solskjaer.

“This is a team that we have rebuilt in recent years, so we hope this is the beginning of something else. When players sign for Man United, they sign to win the trophy,” added United coach. “They accept the challenge of being the best, because it is the best club in the world, so it is a pleasure under pressure from Man United. This is what they are prepared for, because if they were not the top players, they would not sign here.”

Bruno Fernandes could be the joint captain in the event of Maguire losing, and the influential Portuguese midfielder wants to take the first silver from Sporting Lisbon’s entry 16 months ago.

Fernandes said, “Trophies are part of this club. The team is growing, improving a lot, and tomorrow will be a sign of improvement. Losing is part of football and you can improve it, but we want to improve by winning the trophy.”

United have won just five European trophies, and Solskjaer on Wednesday urged his team to use the success as a springboard for big things next season.

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