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Solskjaer explains Harry Maguire absence from Man Utd squad to face Brighton

Harry Maguire is a rare absentee from Manchester United’s squad to face Brighton in the Carabao Cup. 

Maguire has started all 19 previous matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the United boss has confirmed that an injury has ruled him out of the clash at the Amex stadium.

“Yeah, he’s got a little knock but should be okay,” Solskjaer told MUTV, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. 

“We need to give minutes to players, we need to [give them] a chance to stake a claim for the league game on Sunday and this is a strong team as well.

“We know Brighton are going to be a difficult opponent, probably going to change up the top team by a couple, but I’m looking forward to this one.”

Maguire’s absence means Victor Lindelof is the only United player to keep his place from the dramatic league fixture on Saturday lunchtime.

The Swede is partnered at centre-half by the recalled Eric Bailly who will surely be using the game as an audition for Sunday’s showdown against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Elsewhere, Dean Henderson starts in goal and there is a rare start for Diogo Dalot at right-back.

Fred and Scott McTominay make up the midfield double pivot and bright new signing Donny van de Beek plays in an advanced midfield role.

Odion Ighalo leads the line for the Reds after a quiet performance against Luton in the previous round and is supported in attack by Daniel James and Juan Mata.

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