By Ben Dinnery

11th Jan, 2022 | 6:37pm

Medical expert delivers verdict on Maguire suffering 'fracture' after 'very painful' Man United update

Man United boss Ralf Rangnick showed “great management” by holding Harry Maguire back against Aston Villa on Monday night (10 January).

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

Maguire did not feature as United advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Villa at Old Trafford.

The skipper, who also missed the 1-0 defeat to Wolves last Monday (3 January), has sustained a chest injury.

As quoted by the United media team last Friday (7 January), Rangnick revealed: “Harry hasn’t been able to train, as yet.”

But Dinnery predicted that the 28-year-old could return when United play Villa again in the league on Saturday (15 January).

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“It doesn’t look to be too sinister,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“You can look to that FA Cup tie and question whether he needed to be risked.

“Rangnick has other players at his disposal. Lindelof is there, Varane is hopeful he could play.

“I don’t think that there isn’t any kind of fracture. It’s more to do with bruising. I think it’s just pain management with this one.

“Maguire is well-placed to feature against Villa this weekend. I’d expect him to be in and around that matchday squad.

“These recovery days are just great management. Rangnick is making sure that his skipper doesn’t suffer any kind of reaction.

“If you take a knock in that area, it can be very painful. Giving him that extra recovery time gives him every opportunity to start at Villa Park.”

Maguire has scored once in 20 appearances this term.

His United side are currently 7th in the league but could move within one point of the top four with victory over Villa on Saturday (15 January).

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