Harry Maguire set deadline to prove fitness for Man Utd’s Europa League final

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Harry Maguire has until Wednesday afternoon to decide if he is fit enough to play for Manchester United in the Europa League final.

The Red Devils' captain was ruled out of the club's final four Premier League fixtures of the season with an ankle injury and is now at risk of remaining on the sidelines once again.

United's 2-1 victory over Wolves on Sunday afternoon was the club's only league win in Maguire's absence, demonstrating his influence on the team.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect the England international to recover from his ankle ligament injury in time to face Villarreal in Gdansk, but has not fully given up hope just yet.

“I will wait until Wednesday to make a final decision," he said.

“Of course he wants to play, and it is going to be up to the doctor to see how he is, but I don't expect him to be ready – it doesn't look great.

“I'm an optimist by nature and I'm still hopeful Harry can make it – but he has to train on Tuesday when we are over there, so there is not much time.”

Speaking after his side's win at Wolves, Solskjaer expressed his disappointment at the scheduling of the Europa League final.

Opponents Villarreal have been given an extra day to prepare for Wednesday's showpiece event having played on Saturday afternoon in La Liga.

Although Solskjaer did not ask for the game at Molineux to be brought forward, he called for the Premier League to offer more support in such situations.

“We didn’t ask the Premier League no, but of course whenever they can help their own teams we’d appreciate that," he said.

"If we played yesterday we’d have probably played a different team, I’m pleased we didn’t because we won the game and it’s the first win we’ve had here.

“Fair play to La Liga moving seven games just for Villarreal to have another day's preparation and make it fair in the league.

"They could have played on Sunday and rested everyone and it could have been a different result [in the title race], you never know what that would have changed."

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  • Manchester United FC
  • Premier League
  • Europa League
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Harry Maguire
  • La Liga
  • Sir Alex Ferguson

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