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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backs captain Harry Maguire to prove Roy Keane wrong amid ’embarrassing’ blast

UNDER-PRESSURE Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Harry Maguire to prove Roy Keane wrong. The Manchester United boss yesterday defended himself, the team and most notably his captain ahead of today’s trip to Watford. Keane labelled Maguire ‘embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace to Man United’ after cupping his ears to the crowd following his goal for England […] ...

UNDER-PRESSURE Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Harry Maguire to prove Roy Keane wrong.

The Manchester United boss yesterday defended himself, the team and most notably his captain ahead of today’s trip to Watford.

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Roy Keane labelled Man Utd skipper Harry Maguire a ‘disgrace’ last week[/caption]

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed his captain to silence his doubters[/caption]

Keane labelled Maguire ‘embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace to Man United’ after cupping his ears to the crowd following his goal for England against Albania.

But Solskjaer said: “His family, his club we are all very happy with him and all back him and he’s such a top professional and he’s going to prove critics wrong.

“The so-called experts have their opinions and that’s their job to put their opinion that’s not something we have to worry too much about.

“As a true example of a Man United player Harry is always there for his team and his country.”

Maguire’s struggles has heaped extra pressure on Solskjaer, who yesterday insisted both the fans and board still back him.

He said: “I’ve been in contact and communicated with the club as I do all the time anyway.

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“The players, the staff, myself, the club, we are working to one goal to improve, get better results, fans are still supporting the team and the club, they’ve been through this period, backed the team through the rebuild.”

There have been calls for Maguire to be stripped of the captaincy during his own shocking dip in form as United have won just once in six Premier League games.

But Solskjaer said: “No, I’ve not considered taking away any captain’s armband away from him. 

“He’s been an absolute stalwart for us on and off the pitch since he came in.”

As a former United captain himself, Keane has an opposing view which he aired as a TV pundit following England’s 5-0 win over Andorra last week.

Keane said: “When a player scores puts his hands to his ears he’s like shutting the critics up. But I think that’s embarrassing. 

“He’s been a disgrace to Man United. He thinks he scores there he’s shut his critics up, embarrassing.”

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Some of Maguire’s United team-mates felt he was rushed back into action too quickly after a calf injury.

He had just one training session after three weeks out but was thrown straight into the away game against Leicester on October 16 which United lost 4-2.

He has since looked short of pace in consecutive home defeats to Liverpool by 5-0 and Manchester City 2-0.

But Solskjaer says his determination not to moan and get back on the pitch is something both he and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate like about him.

He said: “Harry, as Gareth righty said, he’s not one to hide on the treatment table or try to find any excuse to sit out games. 

“Harry is a top professional who wants to be there for the manager every single time and he trains really well. Going away and scoring a couple for his country will help his form and confidence.”

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