The Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire was injured in the match against Aston Villa 2 weeks ago. In his absence, United played 3 fixtures, with the results not favouring them. He is in a race to get fit before the Europa League final and the latest images might be a sign of good news for the Red Devils.
Harry Maguire came through the youth system of Sheffield United. He has been there since he began his footballing career and made his first-team debut in 2011. His debut came at a time when the club was fighting to survive from getting relegated. However, they failed and got demoted to the 3rd tier.
But this helped Maguire as he was able to play every fixture for the club. He continued playing every match the next season too, with a tiny break coming in his 3rd season. He averaged 52 matches in 3 years. In 2015, he joined Hull City and played in the Premier League.
After playing only 6 matches, he was sent out on loan to Wigan Athletic. During his loan spell, Hull City also got relegated. Once Harry returned, he became a regular in the team and helped the Tigers get promoted back to the Premier League.
After playing for one more year, he joined Leicester City in 2017 in a deal worth £12 million. Harry Maguire played every minute in his first season with the Foxes, which helped him earn the club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season award.
Maguire was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United before his second season with them. According to reports, a bid of £70 million was made by United to lure him away from the club. But the manager confirmed that he would not be leaving.
Maguire seen without crutches, giving United a boost:
According to United, the first bid didn’t go further because they thought that the sum was too high. But the next year, they got Maguire by paying Leicester £80 million, also making him the world’s costliest defender. This move was subject to multiple criticisms as many thought that the player wasn’t worth that much.
Yet, he still went on to feature every single minute of Manchester United’s Premier League campaign. Along with that, he was handed the captaincy after Ashley Young left the club. He continued the same form this year and was on the verge of breaking a club record.
Harry equalized Gary Pallister’s club record for playing the most number of league games without being substituted when he featured against Leeds United. One more game would have broken that, however, he had to be substituted in the 72nd minute after sustaining an ankle injury. It was only after this, that his absence was felt.
After losing Maguire, United played 3 matches, out of which they won none. They lost 2 and drew one. Their display against Liverpool where they conceded 4 showed how influential the English centre-back was.
In terms of stats, Maguire stands first in every aspect for a United player. United have secured the 2nd spot, thanks to Leicester, who failed to close the gap. They will be playing Villarreal in the Europa League final in a week and the club can only pray for him to be fit by then. However, the latest images have given a glimmer of hope.
In the fixture against Fulham, 3 days ago, Harry was seen walking with crutches. However, he was spotted without both his crutches whilst attending the premiere of ‘Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In’ on Thursday night, alongside his teammates and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.