Harry Maguire suffers torn hip muscle to leave Manchester United short at the back after he insisted on playing through the pain against Wolves and made the problem WORSE
- Harry Maguire is set for extended period on sidelines with a torn hip muscle
- He suffered the injury against Wolves and played through pain, making it worse
- Maguire was absent for Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat by Manchester City
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been dealt a bitter blow with news of the injury
- The manager is suddenly short on centre-back options after raft of injuries
Manchester United have been hit by another injury blow as it emerged that Harry Maguire has suffered a torn hip muscle.
Maguire, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s key defender since his £80million move from Leicester in the summer, was hurt during last Saturday’s FA Cup stalemate at Wolves. The 26-year-old pulled up in the first half but played on despite the pain to complete the third-round tie.
Now scans have revealed a torn muscle at the top of his hip and there are fears he could be out for an extended period.
Harry Maguire suffered a torn hip muscle against Wolves and played on, making it worse
United began the season with seven central defenders, but now only have two fit seniors in that position after injuries and letting Chris Smalling leave for Roma.
Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof played together in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City and, although Jones felt cramp towards the end of the game, they are likely to continue in United’s next match, against Norwich on Saturday.
Eric Bailly is still recovering from a serious knee injury, while Axel Tuanzebe and Marcos Rojo have both been unavailable recently.
Rojo — who has started just two Premier League fixtures since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho — could yet depart Old Trafford by the end of the January transfer window. United may look to bring a player in on loan.
The centre back played through the pain barrier but ended up making the problem worse
The commanding defender has been an important player and is a loss to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer will be desperate for Maguire to return quickly. The United boss insists the injury, which can lead to a six-week absence if severe, does not appear to be a ‘long term’ issue. Maguire has been ever-present in the league so far this term, while Jones started only his second game since October against City.
Jones and Lindelof were heavily criticised after the hosts conceded three first-half goals against City. Former United midfielder Darren Fletcher claimed that both central defenders must be braver.
Jones’s long-term prospects lie away from Old Trafford after Solskjaer jettisoned him from first-team action earlier in the season. His only league appearance lasted just 45 minutes before Solskjaer took him off when 1-0 down at Sheffield United in November.
Centre-back Phil Jones’ long-term future appears to lie away from Manchester United
United have other injury issues, with midfielders Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay both sidelined for the month. It means Solskjaer must rely on Andreas Pereira and Fred in midfield, while Nemanja Matic has returned to the fray.
Ashley Young is set to sign a pre-contact with Inter Milan this week to end his nine- year stay at Manchester United. The agreement will see former England star Young, 34, join Antonio Conte’s side next season.
Inter were keen on signing Young this month as they look to bolster their title challenge — but United were not prepared to let him leave in January. Currently playing in defence, Young has been a huge presence since his arrival as a winger from Aston Villa in 2011 for £17million.
He has gone on to make over 250 appearances for the club under Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.