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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Harry Maguire will remain Manchester United ’ s captain this season despite his involvement in a Greek court case .
Maguire was given a suspended 21- month sentence last month after the England defender was found guilty of assaulting a police officer , swearing , resisting arrest and bribery during an incident in Mykonos .
The 27- year – old has denied the offences and has launched an appeal which nullifies the verdict and means he has no criminal record ahead of a full retrial.
Following the original court verdict , Maguire was withdrawn from England ’s squad for their recent Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.
However , England manager Gareth Southgate has said would consider bringing Maguire back into the squad for the next internationals.
Now United boss Solskjaer has made it clear he will not punish his centre- back by stripping him of the captaincy .
“ He ’ s handled it really well and, of course , I ’ ll be here to support him , ” Solskjaer told United ’ s website on Saturday.
“ He is going to be our captain . We ’ll just leave Harry and his people and the process to run .”
Maguire was a key figure in his first season with United following his £ 80 million ( $102 million ) move from Leicester, which made him the world ’s most expensive defender.
Solskjaer said Maguire had coped well with the incident in Greece , which was allegedly sparked when the player and his family and friends were taunted and attacked at a nightclub .
“ Of course , Harry , as you said , had a difficult summer. He didn’ t have a long break , ” Solskjaer said .
“ His break was different to others as we gave him a few more days and, after , he’ s come back and looked fine .
“ 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 .”
United start their Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on September 19 after being given an extra week of rest following their involvement in the Europa League in August .

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UCL : Chelsea Vs Sevilla Today At 8pm

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Chelsea have no new injury concerns for the Sevilla match. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is a doubt after missing the game against Southampton with a thigh injury sustained on Senegal duty.
Left-back Marcos Alonso remains suspended following his red card against Bayern Munich last season.
Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui will again be without forward Oussama Idrissi and centre-back Jules Kounde.

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PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D’or – Herrera

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba “has everything” to win the Ballon d’Or in the future, says former team-mate Ander Herrera.
The Paris St-Germain midfielder is preparing to face his old club in their Champions League group game on Tuesday.
Herrera, 31, who left Old Trafford in 2019, said: “There is no other like him – one on one, box to box.
“He has everything to win the Ballon d’Or if his club fights for major trophies.”
World cup winner Pogba, 27, has made four appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring once in a 3-0 win over Brighton in the League Cup fourth round.
Herrera moved on after winning four trophies in five years at United and the Spaniard says the current side is more “mature” than the one he played in.
“There is a lot of talent, more consistent” Herrera said. “Also with [midfielder] Bruno Fernandes, they have definitely improved.
“United are progressing. They have signed the right players, I don’t think they are going backwards.”
The last time the sides met, in the last 16 of the Champions League in March 2019, a young United side overturned a 2-0 deficit to qualify for the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory in Paris, which included an injury-time Marcus Rashford penalty.

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Mueller’s form fuels calls for Germany recall

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Thomas Mueller can further fuel appeals for him to be recalled by Germany when Bayern Munich launch their Champions League defence at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday behind closed doors .
Having managed a record 21 assists in the Bundesliga last season, Mueller has continued his sparkling form by scoring five goals and creating four more so far in 2020 / 21 .
The 31 -year -old netted twice in a 4 -1 win at Arminia Bielefeld last Saturday when Robert Lewandowski also grabbed two goals for Bayern .
His latest eye -catching club performance has prompted fresh hopes of a Germany recall for Mueller, who was dropped by Joachim Loew from the national set -up in 2019 alongside Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels .
Now Bastian Schweinsteiger has joined fellow former Bayern and Germany players Didi Hamann and Lothar Matthaeus in calling for Mueller to be reinstated.
“ If I was national coach , Mueller as well as Boateng would be in the national side , ” Schweinsteiger , 36 , told Monday ’s edition of German magazine Kicker.
Schweinsteiger helped win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil alongside Mueller, who knows he still has plenty to offer Germany after 100 internationals and 38 goals for ‘ die Mannschaft ’.
“ Everyone can see that I am in good form . Let’ s just see what happens ,” Mueller told broadcaster ZDF on Saturday , yet Loew has so far showed no signs of reversing his decision .
Last month, Mueller became the most successful German footballer of all time — surpassing Schweinsteiger ’s record of 26 titles — when Bayern won the German Super Cup as he lifted a trophy for the 27 th time in his career .
After an early season plagued by tired legs and defensive wobbles, Bayern will need Mueller’ s creativity against an Atletico side who have conceded just one goal in four games so far this season.
Bayern , who won their first ever European Cup against Atletico back in 1974 , will begin their Champions League defence behind closed doors.
– Kimmich return -The Bavarians have a perfect record at home against Diego Simeone ’s side , having twice beaten them in Munich in 2016 .
Yet Atletico knocked Bayern out of the semi -finals in 2015 / 16 and the German side remain wary of their Spanish opponents .
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer warned that Atletico are a “ strong team ” who were “ uncomfortable” to play against .
“ The good thing is that the game is on Wednesday , so we have an extra day to prepare ,” said the Bayern captain .
After having less than a month between last season’s Champions League final and the first Bundesliga weekend , Bayern’ s relentless schedule has continued apace .
Wednesday ’s game will be their third in six days , while further Champions League fixtures against Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow mean Bayern have midweek and weekend games in each of the next three weeks.
The physical strain and the need to rotate has led to a few early -season hiccups .
Bayern suffered a shock 4 -1 defeat to Hoffenheim last month, and needed a late Robert Lewandowski penalty to seak a 4 – 3 win over Hertha Berlin before the international break .
On Saturday , Flick criticised his team for a poor second half performance , after individual errors led to a goal for Bielefeld and a red card for Bayern ’s Corentin Tolisso .
They can ill – afford a repeat against Atletico.
Others have also noted Bayern ’s lapses in concentration at the back , which has seen Neuer let in five goals in four league games so far .
Matthaeus has accused the champions of being “ passive ” and “ vulnerable” at the back this season.
Joshua Kimmich should bring more stability to Bayern’ s midfield , with the Germany midfielder expected to return after he missed last weekend ’ s game to be with his wife , who is expecting the couple’ s second child .
“ Joshua is very important for us against Atletico. I hope he can play ,” Flick told Sky .

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