Man Utd news: Rio Ferdinand sends Harry Maguire warning over ankle injury | Football | Sport


Rio Ferdinand has warned Harry Maguire not to rush back from injury after the Manchester United captain received a diagnosis for his ankle problem. Maguire was forced to limp out of United’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday following a collision with Anwar El Ghazi in the second half.

The centre-back had played every minute in the Premier League this season, but was absent from United’s squad for their match against Leicester this evening.

Ahead of kick-off at Old Trafford, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Maguire had suffered ligament damage.

“He’s obviously had the scans and the good news is there is no fracture,” he told MUTV.

“[There’s] ligament damage but hopefully we will see him again this season. Hopefully, he’ll be ready for the final.”

Maguire is likely to miss United’s final three Premier League matches against Liverpool, Fulham and Wolves.

Meanwhile, he is also a serious doubt for United’s Europa League final against Villarreal in the Polish city of Gdansk on May 26.

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Maguire was replaced by Eric Bailly on Sunday and the Ivory Coast defender partners Axel Tuanzebe against the Foxes this evening, but Solskjaer will be desperate for Maguire to play against Villarreal later this month.

However, former United defender Ferdinand issued a warning to Maguire, who also has this summer’s European Championships with England to consider.

“Devastating. When he walked off that pitch, he would have been, his heart would have been in his mouth,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“The first big European cup final that he’d have been involved in. It didn’t look nice at the time, I’ve had ankle ligament problems before and listen, you cannot play these ones, you can’t mess about with them because you’re either fit or you’re not, there’s no in between.

“The conundrum he’s in, if he does go and forces himself into this game, which is what you’re expecting from the captain, then he’s risking himself for the Euros as well.

“It’s a massive call.”


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Solskjaer opted to make 10 changes to his side to face Leicester, with Mason Greenwood the only player to keep his place from Sunday’s side.

It is the third of United’s four games in eight days, with the postponed match against Liverpool rescheduled for Thursday.

Solskjaer described the fixture pile-up as “impossible” in the build-up to the match and Ferdinand has sympathy for the Norwegian.

“You can’t blame him, he’s been forced into this,” he said.

“Ideally the fixture list wouldn’t be so congested, it’s the situation they’re in – you’ve got to deal with it.

“No other manager can be upset about it, they might be disappointed, but you can’t be upset because if anyone was in his position, they’d do exactly the same.”

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