Harry Maguire (right) was injured during Manchester United’s FA Cup third round match at WolvesManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says defender Harry Maguire could return for Saturday’s league game against Norwich at Old Trafford.Maguire, 26, suffered a hip problem in last Saturday’s FA Cup meeting with Wolves and missed Tuesday’s Manchester derby defeat in…
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says defender Harry Maguire could return for Saturday’s league game against Norwich at Old Trafford.
Maguire, 26, suffered a hip problem in last Saturday’s FA Cup meeting with Wolves and missed Tuesday’s Manchester derby defeat in the Carabao Cup.
It was initially thought Maguire would miss the Norwich match but the England star has responded well to treatment.
“Harry has a chance for tomorrow,” he said. “We will see how he trains.”
Of the injury, Solskjaer added: “It was a minor thing, don’t know where the reports are coming from, [reporters] might have mistaken it for Harry Kane.
“It’s not a surprise, he’s a warrior and if there’s a minor problem he’ll put himself up to play.”
Solskjaer refused to be drawn on whether club captain Ashley Young will leave for Inter Milan this month.
Young, 34, has rejected the chance to extend his contract amid interest from the Serie A leaders,
“Ashley Young is our player and our captain,” said Solskjaer. “We have to handle the speculation and if it is needed, me and Ash will have a discussion.
“We don’t have too many players fit and ready and we need the ones we have. Ash has been very good for this club. Let’s see where we are in February.”
The search for new faces at Old Trafford continues
United continue to search for potential signings this month, even if their mantra is not buying anyone for the sake of it.
Midfield was a priority area even before injuries ruled out Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay for a number of weeks.
A player they have been linked with repeatedly over the past few months is Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes.
In the summer, United indicated Solskjaer had no real interest in the 25-year-old, who Tottenham did have a firm interest in.
Fernandes subsequently signed a new contract in November, although it is thought to contain a get-out clause.
It has been suggested Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan watched Fernandes in person when Sporting entertained FC Porto last Sunday.
The United boss avoided talking about the Portugal international in his news conference but he did say the club were looking at targets.
“I do go and watch games all the time,” he said. “Where I go is irrelevant.
“In terms of signings, we still have the same thoughts we had a month ago. If something happens we will tell you.”