Harry Maguire shines on captaincy debut as England end 35-year winless run against Republic of Ireland
Just 48 hours after the resignation of English Football Association chairman Greg Clarke following his offensive comments about the BAME and LGBT communities, Gareth Southgate's side showed no signs of being distracted by the controversy.
Three wins in seven league matches still leaves United in the bottom half of the Premier League, but England defender Maguire does not believe Solskjaer and his team deserve so much abuse.
United came into the match at Goodison Park in the miserable position of 15th in the Premier League table and smarting after defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.
England coach Gareth Southgate left the youngsters out of his squad for October's matches as punishment and branded their behaviour in the midst of the pandemic as "unacceptable".
United's expensively-assembled defence were exposed by Istanbul Basaksehir handing the English club its first defeat in this season's competition and leaving manager Solskjaer in deep trouble.
Manchester United are languishing in 15th spot in the Premier League with just a single point from their four home games. Skipper Harry Maguire on Tuesday rejected former captain Roy Keane's assertion the team lacks leadership and heart
Fernandes, who scored in the 4-1 weekend win at Newcastle United, described being given the captain's armband in Maguire's absence as "an honour, an important achievement".
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On-field misconduct brought an end to a third consecutive gathering of the England squad, and that has left Southgate grappling with off-field issues.
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Harry Maguire was sent off for England in the first half at Wembley for two clumsy yellow cards, and Christian Eriksen then converted a 35th-minute penalty on the occasion of his 100th cap to put the Danes ahead.
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Maguire's Manchester United team-mate Mason Greenwood and Manchester City's Phil Foden were both omitted from the 30-man squad after being sent home from England's camp in Iceland last month for breaching coronavirus rules.
Solskjaer's men begin their league campaign at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday on the back of a 14-game unbeaten run in the English top-flight since the signing of Bruno Fernandes transformed their fortunes in January.
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Solskjaer said United tried to prevent the 18-year-old Greenwood from joining up with England, believing he needed some rest after his breakthrough season.
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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.
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Maguire was called up by Southgate last week for upcoming qualifiers against Iceland and Denmark, only to get dropped the same day after being convicted and handed a suspended 21-month sentence for assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and attempted bribery.
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Villa captain Grealish was a surprise absence from Gareth Southgate's initial squad for the Nations League matches after his impressive form helped his club avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.
Maguire was on Tuesday given a suspended sentence of 21 months and 10 days after being found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult after his arrest on Mykonos.
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Maguire's brother Joe and friend Christopher Sharman were also found guilty on a range of charges and sentenced to 13 months in prison, suspended for three years.
After the verdict convicting him of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery, Maguire, 27, appealed the decision and posted a quote on social media attributed to Buddha.
Manchester United defender Harry Maguire lodges appeal against Greek court's verdict on assault conviction
Manchester United said Maguire's legal team filed the appeal against the verdict on Wednesday and that it has been accepted.