Manchester United have been dealt a devastating injury blow ahead of their final four games of the season…
According to The Sun, Red Devils skipper Harry Maguire faces a race to be fit for the Europa League final after sustaining an ankle injury in the late stages of their clash with Aston Villa at the weekend.
The 28-year-old centre-back has been ruled out of facing his former club Leicester City this evening and United’s arch-rivals Liverpool on Thursday, whilst his involvement against Fulham and then Wolves on the final day of the season seems rather doubtful at this stage.
This will come as hugely disappointing news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Manchester giants, especially as they still have a slim chance of pipping City to the title. A win against the Foxes this evening would see them move to within seven points of Pep Guardiola’s league leaders, with nine points left on offer this month.
It would also solidify their spot in second place and ensure that neither Chelsea nor tonight’s opponents can catch them, which could prove to be pivotal in the summer in terms of prize money payouts.
As per WhoScored, the England international ranks sixth for average rating (7.04) and tops the charts for aerial duels won (four) and interceptions (1.8) per game at Old Trafford, proving to be one of their best defenders, particularly in terms of stature.
Solskjaer’s other options aren’t as reliable, either. Eric Bailly has regularly contended with injury troubles and Victor Lindelof is some way off matching his impressive levels, with a 6.72 average WhoScored rating, half the number of aerial duels won and only one interception per match.
All in all, Maguire is crucial to Solskjaer and his team, so to be without him tonight and for the remainder of the season will be worrying, if not hugely gutting.
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