Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw could miss the club’s Champions League match against Villarreal on Wednesday night.
Shaw, 26, appeared to suffer a muscular injury during the first-half of United’s match at Old Trafford – as the Reds lost 1-0 against Aston Villa. The left-back was replaced by Diogo Dalot but Solskjaer will hope his injury is nothing serious.
Matters got worse in the second half when Harry Maguire sustained a knock after colliding with Asron Villa defender Tyrone Mings. He returned to the pitch but was unable to complete the match – much like Shaw. The skipper was replaced by Victor Lindelof, who partnered Raphael Varane in the heart of defence.
Speaking after the match, Solskjaer said (as per The Athletic): “We will use tomorrow and Monday and we will get the scans done and see how they are. At the moment they don’t look okay for Wednesday, but we will see.”
Maguire would be a monumental loss like he was in Gdansk when United last faced Villarreal and lost the Europa League final on penalties. We are not keeping enough clean sheets with him on the pitch, so how bad could it get with him off it?
Then there’s Shaw, a mainstay in Solskjaer’s starting line-up and one of the best left-backs in world football. Alex Telles could come in but he’s hardly impressed since joining the club, proving to be a complete liability in defence.