Harry Maguire, who is set to face another trial for serious offences in Greece, will still be Man Utd captain for the 2020/21 campaign.
Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed Harry Maguire will remain Man Utd captain for the 2020/21 season despite his offense in Greece.
Harry Maguire was confirmed guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeatedly trying to bribe the Police at a misdemeanours court in Syros, Greece, last month.
The 27-year-old England defender, who was quick to deny all the charges against him, was tried alongside two other defendants after an incident involving the police while he was on holiday on the nearby island of Mykonos.
Harry’s legal representatives have now lodged an appeal and a retrial is set to take place at a higher Greek court in the coming days.
The 27-year-old English international was dropped from the England squad for the UEFA Nations League after the guilty verdict.
In a meeting with BBC News, Maguire who confirmed he was afraid for his life when he got involved with “plain clothed” policemen said: “I thought there was no chance these were police.”
“The retrial will give us more time to prepare, gather the evidence, allow witnesses into the court. I’m really confident that the truth will be told and come out,” he said.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now publicly come out to root for his skipper, confirming he stands by Harry irrespective of the Court’s decision.
“Of course, Harry, as you said, had a difficult summer,” the United manager told MUTV. “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.
“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.”
United’s friendly game against Aston Villa will be a good place for new £44m signing Donny van de Beek to shine.
With the former Ajax man the only high profile signing that Man Utd have made all through the summer.
Solskjaer was quick to express his joy over Donny van de Beek’s first few days in training, confirming once again that Man Utd are still eyeing more recruits.
The United boss also confirms that tye impact of the Pandemic has affected the spending power of the club.
“He’s been training only a couple of days but he’s a bright, bubbly character,” Solskjaer confirmed. “He wants to learn and the first few signs are positive, not that I doubted that one because I’ve followed him for a few years, of course.
“He’s been a talented youngster and now we felt he was ready to come here. He felt it was the best place to come so, for us, it’s a good transfer.
“It’s been a strange time and a strange world. Financially, I’m sure loads of clubs have suffered. It looks like it as there has not been a lot of activity in the window.
“We’re always looking to improve the squad, scouting players and, if something fits, both the financial bit and the football bit, of course we’ll try to make some business. But we can’t know how the markets and how other clubs have been affected either.”
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