Manchester United have struggled against Wolverhampton Wanderers over the last eighteen months or so – and that wasn’t about to be changed this weekend.
The Red Devils laboured to a 0-0 draw away in the Midlands, meaning the FA Cup third-round tie will now go to a replay. Fortunately, that game will be played at Old Trafford – giving United a better chance at sealing qualification.
However, the drab draw came with yet another injury problem. Harry Maguire was limping from about the 30-minute mark onwards. Despite that, Slabhead battled on and did indeed finish the game.
After the match, Solskjaer was quizzed in regards to Maguire’s availability going forward. The Baby Faced Assassin was unsure whether the key 26-year-old will be fit for Man United for the Carabao Cup derby game against Manchester City.
“I don’t know,” Solskjaer said on BT Sport, per the official ManUtd.com website.
“We were close to taking him off at half-time, but he battled through. Let’s see how he recovers. We hope so.”
When pressed further, Solskjaer added:
“We were not sure if he should continue in the second half, but he was adamant he was going to be OK.
“He struggled a little bit but let’s see how he’ll recover. It’s not many days, it’s Sunday, Monday and then we go again Tuesday.”
Again, it all comes back to the lack of quality in the squad. Maguire and Victor Lindelof have played far too many games, but when the other option is Phil Jones you can see why…
Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo are constantly injured while Chris Smalling is loving life in the Serie A with AS Roma. Eventually, this was always going to happen.
Now we could be missing our £80million man in the semi-final against City – with the Carabao Cup most likely to be our best chance at winning silverware this term. Beating City over two legs was always going to be a huge ask, though with Maguire possibly missing, that task just became even harder.