Harry Maguire’s injury adds to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s problems as Manchester United face another SIX game in January
- Harry Maguire in the race to adapt to the semifinal clash with Manchester City City
- The England defender scored Manchester United’s draw against Wolves
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was already dealing with five defenders in Molineux
- Solskjaer also hopes that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will recover
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not want to spend a longer moment in Molineux than was necessary, and at the end of this sad stalemate nobody else did.
Manchester United have an eighth appointment with the shoemaker in January between the semi-final of the two-legged Carabao Cup against Manchester City which will take place on Tuesday at Old Trafford.
To add to Solskjaer’s problems, Harry Maguire faces a battle to be fit after knocking on the first half Saturday. The center of England was later seen to limp on the team bus.
Harry Maguire faces a battle to adapt to Manchester United’s clash with Manchester City
England’s central defender took a hit in the United draw against Wolves on Saturday
And this added to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s concerns about device congestion
The United chief said Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah were not ready to face the Wolves as they recovered from the injury, so it is likely that Phil Jones will play alongside Victor Lindelof in central defense if Maguire is excluded.
“We weren’t sure if it would continue in the second part, but it was adamant that it would be fine,” said Solskjaer. ‘He struggled a bit, but let’s see how he recovers. Not many days, Sunday, Monday, then we go back on Tuesday.
Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw missed Saturday’s game due to illness and Solskjaer is waiting to see if they will recover in time. “I hope so,” he added. ‘They spent a night or two in their beds and hopefully some paracetamol. We will check on Monday.
Phil Jones could associate Victor Lindelof with Manchester City if Maguire were excluded
Solskjaer also hopes to have Anthony Martial back available due to illness
Solskjaer defended United’s late arrival in Molineux just 75 minutes before kick-off – ‘have you been to these locker rooms? You don’t want to stay here too long! – after getting a replay that neither club really wants.
Marcus Rashford hits the post with a deflected shot and VAR dismisses a penalty appeal for Leander Dendoncker’s challenge on Brandon Williams, but United fails to record a shot on goal in an internal match for the first time in five years.
The wolves also hit the carpentry shop through Raul Jimenez and saw Matt Doherty’s head goal cleared for handball, but were unable to repeat the quarter-final victory against United last season.
“I knocked him down and he hit my hand, so I knew right away,” said Doherty, who supported the Wolves to win at Old Trafford after adding another round to a program that has already seen them play 36 times this season. “Whoever plays, we will go there to win,” he added.
Striker Jesse Lingard also missed the English Cup draw against Wolves because he was ill