Harry Maguire missed out on Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth round win over Derby due to injury.
The club captain sustained an injury in training and was left out at Pride Park Stadium with a view to the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United won the game 3-0 with Eric Bailly partnering Victor Lindelöf in central defence, and Juan Mata taking over as captain.
Maguire was both impressed and relieved as Luke Shaw and Odion Ighalo (2) booked United a quarter-final away to Norwich City.
Solskjaer sounds optimistic
It was also Maguire’s birthday yesterday along with Fred, with both players turning 27.
Unlike the Brazilian, Maguire sat the game out and said ahead of the match he was ‘disappointed’ to miss out.
While important not to take risks, especially with Eric Bailly playing well, United will want Maguire back for the derby.
He was excellent in the draw with Everton, making 15 clearances, more than the rest of the defence combined.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the club website after the game about Maguire’s situation and sounded optimistic he could play against City on Sunday.
“He rolled over on his ankle, I wasn’t going to rest him today but it’s one of those things that happens in training and we had a few out today but I think he’ll be all right, he’ll be fine.”
Fingers crossed Maguire is available against City. He was badly missed in the semi-final first leg at Old Trafford in early January.
While injuries have cleared up to improve United’s back up options since then, manager and player will do everything possible to make sure Maguire starts.
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