Why Maguire missed the Leicester match

Sunday 19 February 2023 13:20

Harry Maguire's name was unusually absent from the teamsheet when the line-ups were announced for Manchester United's home Premier League game against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.

The club captain was in contention to feature against his former club as Erik ten Hag freshened up his side between the two legs of our Europa League play-off against Barcelona.

United's XI to face the Foxes showed five changes from the team that started Thursday's enthralling 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp but Maguire was notably not among the players coming into the selection or even the nine substitutes.
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Erik's pre-match interview

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Speaking to MUTV in the hour before kick-off, Ten Hag revealed that Maguire was omitted due to injury.

When asked if the skipper's problem is serious, the manager replied: "No, I don't think so.

"We have to wait and see how it develops but I think he will be available again shortly."
As well as the conclusion of our blockbuster tie against Barcelona to plan for at Old Trafford, Ten Hag also has a Wembley final on the horizon, next Sunday against Newcastle United.

It remains to be seen whether Maguire will be fit for those mouth-watering games and compete for starting berths with Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof - the pair selected to play against Leicester - as well as Raphael Varane and the versatile Luke Shaw, who was selected in his more familiar left-back position for the Foxes clash.

Be sure to check ManUtd.com and the United App during the week for more team news, until the confirmed line-up to face Barcelona is announced at 18:45 GMT on Thursday, one hour and 15 minutes before kick-off.