Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms ‘top human and positive guy’ Harry Maguire WILL remain Manchester United captain despite summer incident in Mykonos that saw defender receive suspended jail term
- Maguire will captain Man United this season despite last month’s incident
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the defender ahead of the new campaign
- England star was handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months in Greece
- It followed an altercation outside a nightclub on the island of Mykonos
- Maguire has appealed the verdict and there will be a full retrial at a later date
- United begin their Premier League campaign against Palace next Saturday
Maguire, 27, was handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days following an altercation outside a nightclub on the island of Mykonos last month.
The England international was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery.
Harry Maguire will remain Manchester United’s captain despite his Greece incident last month
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised the character of his captain Maguire
Maguire has appealed the verdict and there will be a full retrial at a later date.
But while Maguire was dropped from the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate for last week’s internationals, his status as United captain will not change.
Manager Solskjaer told United’s official website: ‘Of course Harry had a difficult summer.
‘He didn’t have a long break. His break was different to others as we gave him a few more days and, after, he’s come back and looked fine.
‘He’s handled it really well and, of course, I’ll be here to support him.
‘He is going to be our captain. We’ll just leave Harry and his people and the process to run.
Maguire was given a 21-month suspended sentence on the Greek island of Syros last month
Maguire’s legal team successfully appealed the verdict and a re-trial will be held at a later date
‘For me, he is a top, an absolute top, human being and has always been a positive guy with the right values.
‘So I really hope we can see Harry performing at his best.’
The centre-back played every minute of United’s Premier League campaign last season as well as making 17 appearances in other competitions.
United don’t begin their Premier League season until next Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace to Old Trafford after being given an extension to pre-season following their run to the Europa League semi-finals next month.
Maguire admitted he was ‘scared for his life’ when arrested by police officers in Mykonos
They will play Aston Villa in a friendly match at Villa Park on Saturday as Solskjaer prepares his players for the new campaign.
Maguire has admitted he feared for his life when Greek police arrested him in Mykonos and thought he was being kidnapped.
He told the BBC: ‘They hit me a lot on the legs. I was in that much of a panic. Fear. Scared for my life.’