Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a hectic summer with plenty of unwanted off-field activity to deal with since the last campaign drew to a close. Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have all given him worries with their off-field antics.
Maguire was arrested on his holiday in Mykonos last month and handed a suspended prison sentence following an altercation which saw him dropped from the latest England squad.
Whilst the centre-back maintain his innocence and is appealing his convictions with a full retrial set to take place at a later date, the incident was an unwanted distraction for United.
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It came after another of Solskjaer’s signings from last summer, Wan-Bissaka, allegedly defied club advice to jet to Dubai on holiday.
The trip required him to quarantine for 14 days in line with government guidelines on his return, with no exception as an elite athlete as he was not travelling for competition.
He only returned to training on Monday leaving him facing far from ideal preparation before facing his former club next week.
Youngster Greenwood, meanwhile, was filmed inhaling hippy crack with a controversial clip released just days after being sent home by England’s squad in disgrace along with Phil Foden.
The pair were sent home for breaking Iceland’s lockdown rules just after his debut by bringing girls into the England team hotel.
The misdemeanours will lead Solskjaer to speak to the teenage striker about his conduct and try to set him straight, according to the Daily Mail.
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The trio have all caused him problems over the off-season which he would rather have avoided before a huge campaign for the club.
But he confirmed at the weekend Maguire will remain his captain.
Speaking to MUTV, Solskjaer said: “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.
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“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.”
Greenwood also released a recent statement regarding his controversies.
He said: “I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with this practice and accept that even trying it, as shown in these historical pictures, was poor judgement on may part. I strongly urge others not to follow my example.
“As an 18-year-old I am learning all the time, however, this week I have also learned that I will be judged to a higher standard because of my career as a footballer and I must respect that in future.
“I am determined to repay the faith shown in me by my manager and coaches.”
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