Manchester United have been dealt another big injury blow as Harry Maguire has a torn hip muscle, according to James Ducker of the Telegraph.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently lost his two leading midfielders, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba, to injury which creates even more problems for the Man Utd boss as the squad is already light in that department.
It puts even more pressure on the club to act in the January transfer window.
Now Maguire, by far his best defender, also faces a sustained spell on the sidelines at a time pressure is building on the manager.
The former Leicester City centre-back missed United’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. Phil Jones replaced Maguire alongside Victor Lindelof and his performance was heavily criticised afterwards.
Maguire sustained his injury in the goalless draw against Wolves on Saturday. An FA Cup tie that has to be replayed at Old Trafford.
The injury occurred in the first-half but Maguire insisted on playing on and, in turn, seems to have made matters worse for himself and the team.
It remains unclear precisely how long Solskjaer will be without his best defender but we won’t see McTominay on the pitch for at least another month. As for Pogba, nobody knows when he will return to action after undergoing an operation on his ankle this week.
OGS on Maguire absence: “Don’t know. Not long term. Not ready for the weekend.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 7, 2020
Solskjaer will probably have to persist with Jones for now with Eric Bailly only after returning to training. The Ivorian has not played any football this season after sustaining a bad knee injury against Tottenham during the pre-season tour.