By Ben Dinnery

26th Oct, 2022 | 4:06pm

Insider: Man United may freeze out Harry Maguire as images emerge

Harry Maguire may be ready to start Premier League games for Man United but will struggle to get back into the starting XI even with Raphael Varane out injured.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis. 

As quoted by club media on Wednesday (26 October), Erik ten Hag revealed Varane will be out for Man United until after the World Cup.

The 29-year-old was replaced by Victor Lindelof during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Saturday (22 October) as Maguire was not fit enough to make the squad.

The club captain was pictured back in full training on Tuesday (25 October) after missing over six weeks of action with a hamstring injury.

“Maguire has certainly slipped down the pecking order,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

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“What happens away from Man United, in terms of what Gareth Southgate wants to do with Maguire for England, that will not be of any concern for Erik ten Hag.

“For him, it’s purely about managing his squad and ensuring they will be competing on all fronts.

“In terms of the Premier League, I still see Victor Lindelof and Martinez as that preferred central two pairing.

“They have the Europa League there as well so there’s an opportunity for Maguire to get some fitness and build that sharpness.

“He has been back on the training pitch and training with the squad. In terms of his fitness, he’s there or thereabouts. He’s got a shout of making the matchday squad for the Europa League match on Thursday night (27 October).

“When it comes to the Premier League, unless there’s another injury or suspension, I think he’s going to have to bide his time. There’s Martinez and he seemed to prefer Lindelof earlier in the season to Maguire when Varane was unavailable.”

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