Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talks up “magnificent” Harry Maguire


Harry Maguire scored the winner in extra time.

Harry Maguire made a radiant evaluation from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Manchester United captain’s extra-time winner at Norwich sealed the Red Devils’ spot in the FA Cup semi-finals.

United needed to dig deep against the Premier League’s bottom side as Odion Ighalo‘s 5th goal in 4 starts for the club was counteracted by Todd Cantwell‘s strike from range.

Timm Klose was dispatched in the 89 th minute for reducing Ighalo, after which United discovered persistent resistance from Tim Krul during extra-time, however the Norwich goalkeeper was beaten when Maguire responded quickest to direct home in the 118 th minute.

FULL-TIME. @HarryMaguire93’s goal at the death puts @ManUtd through to the semi-finals for a record 30 th time

Heartbreaking for @NorwichCityFC #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/s2W8FF71 x8

— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) June 27, 2020

Maguire was the topic of some strong criticism from former Manchester United captain Roy Keane following recently’s 1-1 draw at Tottenham however Solskjaer might not have actually been prouder of the centre-half’s screen at Carrow Roadway.

The United manager stated: “Harry has actually been stunning because he’s concerned the club, his management abilities exist to be seen, he assisted us with the develop-up

“Today I think he won every single header and every challenge, so I’m very pleased with Harry.”

Maguire’s effort from close quarters at the death is his second goal in this season’s competition, with his first a 25- lawn pile-driver against Tranmere in January.

Solskjaer added: “The two goals are two different goals and maybe two goals you don’t expect from him – one from 30 yards in the top corner and then a poacher’s goal.”

“So Harry, how does it feel to be going to the #FACup semi-finals?” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/LzyKS5XsIS

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 27, 2020

United ended up being the first side to seal their spot in the last 4 and 2 wins at Wembley would protect their first trophy under Solskjaer’s instructions.

However while they extended their unbeaten series in all competitions to 14 matches, Maguire understands they should greatly enhance to go all the way in the cup.

“It would mean everything (to win the FA Cup),” Maguire informed the BBC. “I joined this club to win prizes. We remain in a semi-final of the FA Cup, it’s a great competition, and we’re going to anticipate it.

“Hopefully when the semi-final does come, and whoever we’re drawn against, we play a lot better than we have done tonight. It was a difficult game and we made hard work of it.”

Solskjaer likewise had warm words for Ighalo, who continued his record of scoring a minimum of when in every United game he’s begun.

Into the semi-finals ⚽ pic.twitter.com/ic14 GwSxGV

— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) June 27, 2020

The Norwegian stated: “Odion understands just how much we value him around the dressing space and, naturally, on the pitch.

” He’s a poacher and a goalscorer, he’s strong and we can play the ball into him like we did on the winning goal.

“He’s performing well and that also gives me the chance to rotate with Marcus (Rashford), Anthony (Martial) and Mason (Greenwood) so they can get a rest and be fresh for every game.”

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke felt his side should have much better than to suffer a last-gasp defeat.

He stated: “Football can be vicious in some cases and it can be the cruellest sport in the world.

An extremely worthy battle, however our FA Cup journey concerns an end. pic.twitter.com/NBMPMnKyOL

Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) June 27, 2020

“Of course it’s a disappointing outcome for us. I think the lads deserved more. They left their heart out on the pitch.”

Norwich’s attentions now rely on top-flight survival. The Canaries are 6 points adrift of safety with 7 games staying however Farke insists they can take heart from how they carried out against United.

The German added: “Manchester United are absolutely on the up and more or less on the way to ending up in the Champions League positions, they had all players offered.

“To deliver this performance is good for the confidence, without any doubt. In terms of confidence and mood, it was definitely a big boost.”

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