Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, on Friday, provided an altogether worrying update on the wellbeing of Manchester United stopper Harry Maguire.
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English international Maguire has of course been forced to sit out the Red Devils’ last three outings.
Amid a hectic end of season schedule for Solskjaer and co., United made the trip to Villa Park two weeks ago, for a Premier League clash.
The Manchester giants eventually emerged on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline, but saw their most recent 3-point haul come at a cost.
A little over ten minutes from time, Edinson Cavani felled Anwar El Ghazi deep in the visitors’ half.
The Villa star, in turn, was sent tumbling, and landed awkwardly on the planted leg of United captain Harry Maguire.
The English international could immediately be seen to be in considerable pain, with Maguire, despite repeated efforts to continue, having eventually been forced to hobble off.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, speaking in the game’s aftermath, confirmed that his defensive stalwart had picked up an ankle injury, with a spell of ‘a few weeks’ on the sidelines touted.
In turn, Maguire has since watched on from the stands as his side picked up just a solitary point across meetings with all of Leicester City, Liverpool and Fulham.
An injured Harry Maguire takes his seat ahead of Manchester United VS Liverpool pic.twitter.com/9Jvvr2l7ig
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 13, 2021
‘Don’t think we’ll see him’
A pair of losses in the space of three days, followed by a home stalemate with Championship-bound Fuham, meanwhile, went some way towards convincing even Maguire’s biggest detractors of his importance to Manchester United’s backline, with the Reds having looked nothing short of a mess in his absence.
In turn, it goes without saying that all associated with the club will be desperate for the former Leicester man to return in time for the Europa League final.
United are set to face off with Villarreal in the competition showpiece next Wednesday in Gdansk.
If the latest comments on the part of his boss are anything to go by, though, then it appears the giants of Manchester will be forced to make do without the services of their leader in the club’s biggest outing of the season.
Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was inevitably drawn on the wellbeing of his sidelined stopper.
And the Norwegian, after confirming that Maguire is back ‘walking’, went on to admit that his participation next week, as things stand, looks altogether unlikely:
‘He’s walking, but it’s a long way from walking to running.’
‘To be honest, I don’t think we’ll see him in Gdansk no, but I will give him until Tuesday night, last training session to see if he can be out there. Ligaments take time to heal.’
‘He is a leader, before the fans came in, I think you all heard him. He’ll come in the dressing room, make sure everyone’s ready for the final.’
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— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) May 21, 2021
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