Solskjaer provides update on Shaw and Maguire's fitness

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has conducted his press conference ahead of the Champions League clash with Villarreal.

The briefing was shown at 1.30pm on Manchester United’s official app and he spoke about the injuries picked up by Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw against Aston Villa.

There was mixed news on the England pair. Maguire has been definitely ruled out and faces a period of weeks on the sidelines.

But Shaw has a chance of being involved and Solskjaer says he’ll give the left-back every chance to be involved.

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“It looks like Harry is definitely out. Luke, we might give a chance to but he didn’t train this morning. So maybe the best case scenario is he will join us on the bench,” he said.

“Luke has been in today so I’ll give him a chance to be involved. He didn’t train with the team. Harry is, more or less, definitely out and it doesn’t look good.

“It’s Harry’s calf and it might take a few weeks. Let’s see how quickly he recovers. That’s football for you. With Aaron suspended, we will have to make a few changes.”

The good news on Shaw is that he does not look to be set for a long period out of the side.

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Even if he’s not involved against Villarreal, the fact that Solskjaer feels he could be involved indicates he might well be back for the game against Everton.

After that comes the international break, so perhaps Solskjaer will not want Shaw going off with England.

But he could well be fully fit by then and able to help Gareth Southgate’s side qualify for the World Cup next year.

In Maguire’s absence, Victor Lindelof will expect to deputise alongside Raphael Varane.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.