Selection Headaches Ahead of Man Utd-Leicester Clash

Selection Headaches Ahead of Man Utd-Leicester Clash Photo: TT
Harry Maguire of Manchester United looks dejected with an injury Aston Villa v Manchester United

Harry Maguire appears set to miss Tuesday’s clash with his former club Leicester City as Manchester United seek to prolong Manchester City’s wait to celebrate the title.

Second-placed Manchester United host fourth-placed Leicester City, with the Red Devils trailing the league leaders Manchester City by 10 points with four games to play.

City’s title success is a foregone conclusion but United want to ensure they must wait, although they’ll likely be without Maguire who injured his ankle in the weekend’s win at Aston Villa.

“The boy landed on top of him and he twisted and got a knock on his ankle,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

“We just have to test him. I doubt hell be ready for Tuesday, to put it that way, but well just have to do all the scans and checks we can.”

Eric Bailly is Maguire’s likely replacement while Axel Tuanzebe is also in the mix.

Leicester’s battle for UEFA Champions League qualification is getting tight, slipping below Chelsea into fourth, holding a five-point lead on fifth-placed West Ham United who both have three games to play.

One point further back are 2019-20 champions Liverpool who have four games to play and are looming large.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers may welcome back James Maddison after a hip injury, while there’s doubts on Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira.

“He’s not 100 per cent,” Rodgers said about Maddison. “That’s something I’ve said before, he’s not up to game speed.

“The problem is you’ve got to give him the minutes and time to try and get him there, likewise with Ricky (Ricardo). These are things to consider coming into the last important games now.”

Ben somerford
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