Harry Maguire has had his fair share of critics during his time at Manchester United. But it is safe to say that he has been very good at the back this season as the Red Devils’ defence has looked solid in recent times.
He has emerged as the leader of this Manchester United team and has formed a very formidable partnership in the heart of defence along with Victor Lindelof.
Thus, the injury he suffered against Aston Villa will be a massive blow to the club. While they have already secured a top four spot this season, there is still the Europa League final to play, which will be their chance to win the first piece of silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The manager has provided an update on the situation. While the good news is that there was no break, it still looks like a ligament injury. As reported by the club’s official website, when asked about Maguire’s chances to play in the Europa League final, Solskjaer said:
"“The good news was it wasn’t broken. There was no fracture, but a ligament injury of course is serious as well. If I’m very positive – that’s maybe stretching it – I’m hopeful that he might be ready for it. I don’t think he’ll play in the league again before [the end of the season]. We’ll do everything we can to get him ready for the final.”"
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Manchester United handed Maguire injury blow
There is no doubt that this side is stronger with Maguire in it. He has been one of the ‘undroppables’ for Solskjaer this season having made 52 appearances according to stats from Transfermarkt. Thus, if he does end up missing the Europa League final against Villarreal, it will be a massive blow for the Red Devils.
But even if he is fit by that point of time, you will have to worry about his rhythm and form after spending weeks on the sidelines recovering from his injury. As a result, Solskjaer will have a tough decision on his hands.
The most important thing now though, is for Maguire to recover fully from the injury. And we would like to wish him the best of luck in this process.