Maguire faces a race to be fit for the Manchester derby

London, January 5 (AFP) Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that Harry Maguire faces a race to prove his fitness in time for the first leg of the League Cup semifinals against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Maguire seemed to be limping after a first half challenge against Adama Traore during United's 0-0 draw with Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Phil Jones was preparing to go to Maguire, but the center finally completed the 90 minutes and Jones was an unused substitute.

Solskjaer admitted that he considered removing Maguire part-time and, when asked if the defender would be fit for the first leg against City in Old Trafford, he replied: I don't know.

We were about to take him out on the break, but he fought. Let's see how he recovers. We hope so.

The English star Maguire has only lost four games in all competitions this season and has played every minute of the club's Premier League campaign.

United are already losing defenders Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly and if Maguire considers himself unfit, Jones will probably play alongside Victor Lindelof in the heart of the defense.

We weren't sure if I should continue in the second half, but he insisted that it would be fine, Solskjaer said about Maguire. He struggled a little, but let's see how he will recover. It's not many days, it's Sunday, Monday and then we return on Tuesday. (AFP) AH AH

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