The head coach reckons the under-pressure England defender has shown personal “resilience” than can be an example to his entire squad as they fight back from a poor start to the season.
Solskjaer made some ballsy decisions of his own to pull back from the brink and silence calls for his departure.
But it was Maguire who led the way on the pitch with a goal and an assured display, after his England red card, the defeat to Spurs and his arrest in Greece.
Solskjaer said: “We were led by a very inspirational captain.
“There was great resilience inspired by the captain. Great defending. He is in charge and is so calm.
“Harry scored and led by example. He showed good character, I am happy for him. He had a couple of difficult weeks since he last played for us.
Maguire is targeting a repeat against PSG adding: “We showed great character under pressure. We have had a lot of criticism.
“We now have a tough run with PSG in the champions league but maybe this can help kick us on. We expect to do big things this year, it is just disappointing to start like we have.”
Solskjaer returns to the scene of his greatest win as United boss at PSG, in March last year, with his side bouncing back from rock bottom.
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He insisted he’d only rested Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic and Mason Greenwood. But to bring in Fred, Scott McTominay and Daniel James was a brave move that added energy.
He said: “It was hard enough with the build-up to this game. We found the right balance. We had some very good performances. The ones who came off the bench and were on the bench who gave us great support. It was a great team spirit.
“That is testament to their characters at a difficult time for us.”
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