Man Utd face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Harry Maguire’s ankle injury after their 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Maguire had been on the cusp of becoming the first outfield player in United’s history to complete 72 consecutive Premier League matches before limping off late in the second half.
The skipper is a doubt for this week’s matches against Leicester and Liverpool, which could see the Red Devils move within four points of leaders Manchester City if they triumph in both.
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And Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issued an update on the injury when talking about their performance against Villa.
“I believe in the boys and I think they believe in themselves,” Solskjaer said. “We know that sometimes coming back from Europe is difficult and there wasn’t a lot wrong with the first half either.
“We didn’t have the margins. They scored and we didn’t. I thought we created the biggest chances, opportunities, but they scored a very good goal.
“Then it was just about trusting ourselves again. We have done it so many times and it’s about ‘here we go again, boys, just keep moving the ball quicker’. That was one of the messages.
“The players are learning, a developing group as a whole, they’re getting better. The spirit, the camaraderie, they back each other. There’s competition for places so I’m very happy that we’ve done that twice now (reaching the top four).
“Of course we’ve got a final to look forward to – hopefully that will be with Harry Maguire. I don’t know. We’ve got to check him. It might be a few weeks, might be a couple of days, who knows?
“Hopefully it won’t be too bad but I’m not a doctor. We’ve got to check him and scan him tomorrow.
“It was his ankle, lower leg. I think the boy landed on top of him, so twisted his ankle and got a knock.”
On the likelihood of hunting down leaders Man City, Solskjaer added: “It is what it is. It’s very unlikely obviously that they (City) won’t get the points they need but we just have to do our jobs as well as we can.
“Tuesday will be a difficult game, Thursday’s another difficult game, so for these boys I don’t put it beyond them. They can go again, which we’ve shown so many times.”
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