By Ben Dinnery

20th Oct, 2021 | 8:12am

Injury expert 'shocked' Man United star 'anywhere near that first team' after Maguire confession

It was a “shock” to see Harry Maguire start for Man United in their 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on 16 October.

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

United skipper Maguire was absent for England during the international break after he picked up a calf injury against Aston Villa on 25 September.

The 28-year-old was directly at fault for the Foxes’ equaliser on the half-hour mark on his return last Saturday and struggled throughout the match.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later admitted that Maguire’s inclusion was “probably a bad decision”, as quoted by BBC Sport.

And Dinnery claims that the centre-half’s rushed return to the starting XI does not reflect well on the likes of fellow defender Eric Bailly.

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“It was a shock to see him anywhere near that first team,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Friday was his first training session with the group. If he came through that okay, you maybe expect him to be on the bench.

“But that session was technical and tactical-based workout rather than a full going through the motions.

“So there’s no question that Maguire has been rushed back. Big questions must be asked as to why.

“Does this say more about how highly Ole thinks of Maguire? Or does it actually say more about what he thinks about Eric Bailly?

“Does he think Bailly has the ability to come in as a centre-back? Does he really believe and trust in Bailly?”

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