Injury will keep Harry Maguire out of Manchester United vs Liverpool, according to reports. The United captain has ankle ligament damage.
This comes from Sky Sports. They claim that Harry Maguire will miss the Liverpool game on Thursday through injury.
In fact, it could be the end of Maguire’s season. He suffered a problem against Aston Villa at the weekend, forcing him off early. That was the first time in 72 games for Manchester United that Maguire didn’t complete 90 minutes.
Scans on Monday revealed ankle ligament damage. They’re not too severe and Maguire may play again this season. Though, it would likely only be the Europa League final – United don’t expect him to play another Premier League fixture.
And that’s important, given they’ll host Liverpool on Thursday.
Injury rules Harry Maguire out
We don’t really know what kind of team United will put out on Thursday. We imagine it’ll be a relatively strong one, given their lineup against Leicester City today.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed out debuts to youngsters as he almost entirely rotated his side. A packed fixture list necessitates some rotation, of course, though Solskjaer decided to do it all in one game.
It’s more than a little frustrating from a Liverpool point of view. Leicester, after all, are the team the Reds hope to catch. United’s lineups make it as tough as possible for that to happen.
The Foxes will expect to win, whereas Liverpool will face United’s best team. But we can hardly complain – reverse the roles and we’d want the Reds to do the same.
But that ‘best team’ won’t feature Maguire and that’s a big blow to United. He’s far and away their best centre-back, on top of being their captain. They’re undoubtedly weaker without him in the side.
And if Liverpool could pick any area of United to be weaker, it’d be their defence. The Reds must go for a win at Old Trafford – we expect plenty of high-pressing and direct running.
United having a softer centre makes that easier. We’re not sure it makes Liverpool favourites, though, given their own centre-back problems. But at least this balances things out somewhat.
It’ll be a huge game at Old Trafford – certainly for Liverpool. Just how huge, though, depends on United vs Leicester this evening.
If United’s kids can surprise everyone and get a win, it’ll send Jurgen Klopp’s side into Thursday with real hope of a Champions League place.