Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire looks likely to miss out on next week’s Europa League final.
Well, this is the sad news we’ve all been expecting ever since the photos of Harry Maguire walking on crutches emerged. Our captain is now probably going to be unavailable for the biggest game of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial career.
The massive injury blow United have been dealt has been confirmed by Mike McGrath in the Irish Independent. The key United star is ‘set to miss’ the Europa League final, with the Reds captain facing ‘Europa League final heartbreak’.
Honestly, this is the worst news to read about on a pretty gloomy Thursday morning in Manchester. Maguire has been an ever-present in that United side for pretty much every big game we’ve played in since he arrived. Now, the Baby Faced Assassin is going to be without his on-field leader when he needs him the most.
Now, the question is, who replaces Maguire? Victor Lindelof is likely to be a dead-cert to play if fit, meaning United have a straight choice between Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe.
Bailly is obviously the more experienced choice, though the rashness in which he plays with may well cost the Ivorian his place in the side. Although Tuanzebe has barely kicked a ball himself this season, he has looked pretty composed over his last couple of starts. The young Englishman does have a mistake or two in him, mind…
The sad truth is, Maguire on one leg is probably still our best centre-half. This game is going to be an awful lot tougher without him.
Factor in both Fred and Scott McTominay being major injury doubts, suddenly, Solskjaer’s task to win a first trophy just became an awful lot harder…
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