Medical expert suggests Maguire has 'breathing' difficulties after Man United latest
Man United skipper Harry Maguire may have been left out against Wolves because of concerns over his “breathing”.
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 in the 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday (3 January), and Phil Jones made his first appearance for nearly two years in his place.
Per United’s media team that same day, Ralf Rangnick revealed the 28-year-old had taken a “knock to the chest” and had “too much pain to play.”
Fellow centre-back Victor Lindelof is currently out with Covid, while Ivorian Eric Bailly has travelled to the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Athletic reported on Tuesday (4 December) that Maguire may be available for the FA Cup tie against Aston Villa on Monday (10 December).
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But Dinnery suggests that Rangnick may choose to blood some United youngsters rather than bring the England man back prematurely.
“It’s fairly ambiguous, this one,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“There may be a bit of rib damage, a little bit of bruising. That can inhibit him in terms of his breathing.
“Rangnick was initially optimistic about him returning against Wolves, so that suggests that it’s just an impact injury.
“It may just be the pain management side of things.
“If you were coming up against someone like Adama Traore, who is a physically big, strong unit, Rangnick may have factored that into his decision.
“We could see Phil Jones in the cup and Maguire held back until the next Premier League game.
“However, there are question marks over Varane after he’s played games in quick succession. Eric Bailly is off to AFCON too.
“So Rangnick could look at some of those development players, in that case.”
Maguire has featured 20 times across all competitions for United this term.
His side are 7th in the league and performances have waned amid dressing room disharmony.