Harry Maguire is fit to feature in Manchester United’s next pre-season game having sat out the 4-0 thumping of Liverpool in Bangkok.
United came up against their arch rivals without their captain on Tuesday, but they didn’t seem to miss him as they capitalised on a number of defensive errors to earn some light bragging rights ahead of the new Premier League season.
Maguire missed the so-called friendly with a minor knock, but his manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that he will be back in contention when United line up against Australian side Melbourne Victory at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Asked about the centre-back’s status ahead of the match on Friday, Ten Hag said: “He is available. We will see [if he will play 45 minutes], but I think he can play half a game.”
In Maguire’s absence against Liverpool, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof started at centre-back before eventually being replaced by Eric Bailly and makeshift option Alex Telles. Bailly ended up starring, making a number of crucial defensive interventions and playing a huge role in the fourth goal as he threw a stepover in his own half before marauding forward.
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Ten Hag confirmed the Red Devils have no other injury concerns going into their next friendly, adding: “Our squad is full. We are at full capacity and we have a strong squad, so the fans will be happy.”
Following the clash with Melbourne Victory, United will play Crystal Palace at the MCG before travelling to Perth to face Aston Villa.