Harry Maguire will miss Sunday’s Manchester derby through injury… although the England defender has already been dropped to the bench by new boss Erik ten Hag despite retaining him as captain.
- Harry Maguire is unlikely to play against Manchester City after injury
- Manchester United experienced a muscle problem playing for England on Monday
- He was already unlikely to start in the derby after being dropped from the side
Harry Maguire is set to step back into the shadows at Manchester United after a painful week in the limelight playing for England.
Maguire returned to United on Wednesday for treatment on a muscle injury that has cast doubt on his availability for Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad.
Even if the United captain is declared fit to face Manchester City, the best he could hope for is a place on the bench after losing his place under manager Erik ten Hag.
Harry Maguire has picked up a muscle injury while playing in England’s 3-3 draw on Monday.
Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are now firmly established as Ten Hag’s first choice partnership in central defence.
Maguire’s form is under intense scrutiny after a difficult start to the season, which hit a new low on Monday night when he was blamed for two of the three goals England conceded in a Nations League game against Germany and also picked up the injury at Wembley.
England boss Gareth Southgate continues to back the 29-year-old but admits he needs to play more for his club ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
Although Maguire insisted after the 1-0 defeat to Italy in Milan last week that he is not worried about ‘rustiness’, there are concerns that a lack of playing time for United has affected his form.
Manchester United’s club captain has already lost his place in the starting line-up
One consolation for Maguire is that United play nine games next month – their busiest ever October – so he is likely to have options before Southgate names his World Cup squad in November.
Maguire retained the captaincy when Ten Hag took over, but was dropped after back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Brentford at the start of the season.
United have won five of their six games since, with Maguire’s only start coming in a loss to Real Sociedad in Europe.
He has started five matches in all competitions, losing four and drawing one for club and country