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Maguire to sit out Man Utd’s final three Premier League games

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The Red Devils captain could even miss the Europa League final if he fails to fully recover from his knee injury in time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled Harry Maguire out from Manchester United’s remaining three Premier League outings but is hoping he could be fit for the Europa League final.

Maguire limped off during Man United’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa at the weekend due to what was later confirmed to be a ligament damage.

The English center-back was seen with crutches and wearing a protective boot as he watched his side lose 2-1 to Leicester City from the stands. United’s defeat on Tuesday saw their bitter rivals Manchester City get crowned as champions of England.

The Red Devils play Liverpool next, face Fulham next week, and finally clash with Wolves to close of the league campaign – and Maguire will play no part in any of those fixtures.

“The good news was it wasn’t broken,“ Solskjaer said in his pre-match press conference. ”There was no fracture, but a ligament injury, of course, is serious as well.

“If I’m very positive – that’s maybe stretching it – I’m hopeful that he might be ready for it (the Europa League final).

“I don’t think he’ll play in the league again before [the end of the season]. We’ll do everything we can to get him ready for the final. You always try to look after players long term. If he’s fit, he’ll play for us, if he’s not he won’t.

“As I said, we’re hopeful that he’s ready. If he’s ready for us, he’ll probably be ready for the Euros. Norway are not in the Euros, so I’m not really that concerned [about the European Championship].”